The Migration Advisory Council, which administers the Shortage Occupation Lists (SOL), has recently called for the construction industry to provide evidence to advise the government on the social and economic impact of Brexit on the UK labour market.
The Construction Industry Council (CIC) led the response and warned that losing the ease of recruitment of EU nationals means that “the UK would not have the capacity to deliver its £500bn infrastructure pipeline, including new homes, rail and energy projects and export services would also be jeopardised”.
The CIC said that only engineering geologist, geophysicist, geotechnical engineer, hydrogeologist and tunnelling engineer appear on the SOL and a more comprehensive list will be necessary in the wake of Brexit.
Nonetheless, it seems that the results of last year’s referendum are already having an impact on geotechnical staff from EU countries, according to several leading businesses in the ground engineering market.
Several UK consultants have told GE that skilled engineers from Europe are not waiting to see the outcome of Brexit negotiations but are already leaving the UK to find work elsewhere in Europe.