Post by Btms
According to Countryfile Brexit threatens labour availability. I am a bit
confused because first of all we had overseas workers before there was an
EU. Secondly, surely it just means we can decide who gets a work visa as
opposed to their being a right of entry. HMG seem to have said this too.
Back in the 50s we recruited loads of West Indians to come and work in the
transport industry I believe. We may never see Stephan again.
I imagine the visa process is costly, lengthy and bureaucratic. Employers
(and probably potential employees) would rather not have to do that if they
can possibly avoid it, especially not for short-term low-paid labour.
I've been involved in recruitment (generally for permanent positions,
almost certainly far better-paid that Adam's strawberry pickers) quite a
bit over the years. We've been told that we can only take on applicants
without permission to work in the UK (slightly broader than "only EU
applicants") if we can demonstrate to the Home Office's satisfaction that
no-one else is available to do the job. To date my group have not had to
go through the visa process for a potential hire, though we've taken on a
lot of staff from other EU countries. I imagine it happens a lot more
with academic roles than for IT.
 For some value of "from" - one former employee's right to work here
was as holder of a passport of a country he'd never even visited.