How to Navigate Brexit as a Jobseeker

The deadline for Brexit is drawing near.

Now that our relationship with the EU is drastically changing, it’s reasonable that you might be worried about your future. Job hunting is stressful enough, so the last thing you need is Brexit disrupting your routine.

Although there are many articles discussing the impact of Brexit, it can be hard to find your way through this uncertain time. Here at Merit Recruitment, we want to ensure that jobseekers remain positive as they search for the ideal position for them.

As such, we’ve put together this short guide to help you navigate Brexit. We hope it will paint a clearer picture about this situation and give you reassurance.

What is the current situation on Brexit?

Right now, the deadline for Brexit is 29th March 2019.

As of writing this article, British Prime Minister Theresa May is in talks to establish the relationship Britain will have with the EU once the country has left. These talks will hopefully create a deal, which the EU and British Parliament can both agree on.

While the news may be flooded with speculation, it is important to keep focused on the big announcements concerning Brexit. Watching the news or reading about the latest updates every so often will help you stay ahead of the curve. Keep to sources that stick closely to facts, and avoid fear mongering articles and opinion pieces as much as you can. This will help to keep you informed, and not afraid, of the direction you take your job search.

How will Brexit affect EU workers?

The Prime Minister has made it clear that, even in the event of no deal being made, the UK will do everything it can to ensure citizens from the EU are protected.

Starting on 30th March, the UK will launch its settlement scheme for EU Citizens currently living in the country. You must check whether you need to complete this, as not doing so could result in being unable to remain in the UK.

Britain thrives on having a multi-cultural and multi-skilled work force. As such, it’s important to apply for the Settlement Scheme as soon as possible. Visit this website for more information on how to apply.

What will happen to my salary and workers rights?

Employers will have to adhere to the National Minimum Wage and National Living Wage, regardless of the outcome of Brexit. Although promotions and pay-rises may change depending on your role, companies will not be allowed to pay you below minimum wage for the work that you do.

Some workers rights are connected to the EU and, as such, may be subject to change. This does not mean they will disappear; it does mean there could be adjustments to workers’ rights coming in the next few years.

Merit wants to ensure that all candidates feel secure in their positions, and we are not the only ones. Organisations such as GLA, who we are partnered with, are designed to protect workers rights, even in the face of Brexit. Researching organisations such as this, and what they can do for you, will help you have the assurances that you need.

Above all else, it is important to know that you are not alone in your concerns. Many jobseekers, and even employers, cannot say for sure what future Brexit will bring to Britain.

Keep yourself informed, apply to the settlement scheme if you need to, and know that there are organisations out there to protect you. By doing this, we hope that you can feel supported in your job search, and about your future employment prospects.

If you want to receive direct support for your job search, you can always look at our jobs board, or contact one of our recruiters on 01256 471 508. We’d be more than happy to help.