Last edited 29 Nov 2017

Construction industry Brexit manifesto

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On 29 November 2017, seven of the UK’s major construction trade bodies joined forces to publish the Construction Industry Brexit Manifesto. Warning the government not to jump over a Brexit ‘cliff edge’ on the matter of EU workers, the bodies set out their vision of the sector’s responsibilities and requirements in a post-Brexit labour market.

The manifesto calls for a transition period of at least 2 years, followed by a migration system that serves and provides the required skills. The manifesto commits the trade bodies to recruit and retrain more UK workers, but it recognises that this is a slow process and skilled EU construction workers will continue to be needed in the meantime.

The seven trade bodies are:

The manifesto makes 12 recommendations to the government and industry:

  • Communications campaign to make clear current EU workers will be able to gain settled status.
  • Message presented clearly by industry bodies and construction employers.
  • Government should state the cut-off date will be the date of the UK’s actual withdrawal.
  • Industry should work with CITB to conduct a census and other research.
  • Government should agree a transition period of at least two years.
  • Government should introduce a transitional regime for EU workers.
  • Construction sector should agree realistic achievements in terms of increased training and recruitment of UK workers over the next five years.
  • Any future migration visa system should be based on key occupations in short supply rather than arbitrary thresholds.
  • Government should ensure the work visas are attractive enough to ensure quotas can actually be met.
  • Government should take into account the centrality of self-employment models within the industry.
  • Introduce a post-Brexit immigration system that takes into account small and micro firms.
  • Create a more flexible regime that can work for small employers and self-employed firms.

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