Apparently, ballet dancers are considered to be more important to the UK than construction workers! This is according to the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors. In terms of overseas professionals, workers such as ballet dancers are seen as critical to the UK. Therefore, they are prioritised when applying for a visa.
However, the same cannot be said for construction workers. Instead, post Brexit agreements could lead to the construction industry losing up to 200,000 workers.
30% of construction companies revealed though that hiring non UK workers, is the key to their successful businesses. However, statistics have shown that overall, 8% of construction workers in the UK, are from the EU. Therefore, this could result in a loss of around 176,500 workers!
This loss of EU workers could have major implications on some of the largest construction projects in the UK. Therefore, the royal institute have recommended that essential plans need to be put in place to ensure the property and construction industry are safeguarded.
According to the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors, if these safeguards are not put in place, it could threaten UK infrastructure goals. The head of UK policy for the institute described: “these figures reveal that the UK construction industry is currently dependant on thousands of EU workers.”
“It is in all of our interests that we make a success of Brexit, but a loss of access to the single market has the potential to slowly bring the UK’s £500bn infrastructure pipeline to a standstill.”
“That means that unless access to the single market is secured or alternative plans are put in place, we won’t be able to create the infrastructure needed to enable our cities to compete on a global stage.”
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