The Recruitments Industry Views On The EU Referendum

The outcome of the EU referendum on June 23 could have huge implications for the UK economy and jobs market.

The REC's aim has been to facilitate an open and informed debate and to gauge the views of members through a wide-ranging set of activities, including a survey by the leading polling company ComRes. I want to share the findings with you and to underline the industry's position on the UK's membership of the EU.

The ComRes survey results headline findings are that: 

  • The majority of REC members – whether small, medium or large - believe that remaining within the EU is in the best interests of the economy, the jobs market and their own recruitment business
  • Members are twice as likely to say that the UK remaining in the EU would be best for their business as they are to say the same of the UK leaving the EU (56% vs. 28% with 16% undecided)

Based on these findings and our wider consultation, the REC's position is that it is - on balance – in the best interests of our industry and of the UK jobs market to remain within a reformed EU.However, we recognise that a significant minority of REC members believe that leaving the EU would be a positive outcome. In recognition of this we will not be formally registering as a campaigning organisation.

Over the last six months we have used our member events, sector group meetings and webinars to stimulate discussion and feedback. We also held a well-attended debate on the EU at our offices in late February. Whatever the outcome of the referendum, we must ensure that there is an informed discussion on the implications for the UK jobs market. The insight of REC members – whether in favour of 'in' or 'out' - has a crucial role to play. 

The REC's overriding aim is to encourage members to engage with clients, candidates and staff and to promote a high turnout on June 23 so that the issue is put to bed for at least another 40 years.

Posted: Thu 14 Apr 2016
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