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UK construction industry could lose almost 200,000 EU workers post-Brexit

New figures out from the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) have revealed that the UK construction industry could see almost 200,000 EU workers leaving our shores post-Brexit if Britain loses access to the single market.

Latest RICS figures show that eight per cent of the UK’s construction workers are EU nationals, accounting for some 176,500 people. Thirty per cent of construction professionals surveyed by the professional standards group revealed that hiring non-UK workers was important to the success of their businesses.

RICS is cautioning that for Brexit to succeed, it is essential to secure continued access to the EU Single Market or to put alternative plans in place to safeguard the future of the property and construction sectors in the UK.

The UK is already in the grip of a construction skills crisis. While some overseas professionals, such as ballet dancers, are regarded as critical by the UK Government, and are therefore prioritised during the visa application process, construction professions have not yet been added to the ‘UK Shortage Occupations List’. RICS is warning that this could already be placing the UK’s predicted £500 billion infrastructure pipeline under threat and must be addressed as a priority.

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