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UK Employment Policy in a Changing Europe - Warwick Brexit Briefings on Employment

Drawing upon work conducted as part of streams of research on unemployment and training, job creation and loss, migration and skills and employment rights by IER, IRRU, Warwick Law School and members of the Connecting Research on Employment and Work (CREW) network, the Warwick Brexit Briefings evaluated the employment policy, rights, skills and labour market implications of the UK’s withdrawal from the EU. The four briefing papers make research-based recommendations for the future development of employment policy related to these areas as it is redesigned by the UK Government post-Brexit. Each paper provides contextual information about the issues, presents evidence from other countries and sets out options for UK policy-makers.

The briefings demonstrated that:

  • UK spending on initiatives to help unemployed and disadvantaged workers in the labour market is significantly supplemented by EU funding such as the European Social Fund (ESF). Unless the UK government provides replacement funding, this funding source will be withdrawn on the UK's exit from the EU.
  • Targeted regulations of migrant labour could reduce labour market uncertainty and job competition between UK and migrant workers after Brexit. The experiences of Canada, Switzerland and Norway can act as a guide for how migrant labour regulations might be implemented in the UK.
  • There is a basic tension between offering inward investors access to a low cost, flexible workforce and ensuring decent work and wages to employees. It is vital that post-Brexit investment strategies do not overlook the creation of decent work.

Four events aimed at informing and influencing policy makers were held at Central Hall in Westminster at the end of 2017.

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