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By Kevin Richardson, Chief Executive, The Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport.

Last week I recommended that members read the Government’s paper: “Status of EU Citizens in the UK – What You Need to Know”. 

Why is this important? Well, many of the organisations and businesses you work for employ non UK EU citizens, either on a permanent or temporary basis. Across many sectors our profession is reliant upon this group. We estimate that there are over than 300,000 non UK EU citizens employed at all levels within logistics, transport and supply chain; in many areas we would not be able to operate without them. In warehousing alone they account for over 20% of staff. 

In our discussions with Government regarding Brexit we have highlighted this dependence and in our last DfT roundtable in May we reiterated that “it is important that Government considers future labour requirements in addition to maintaining the residential rights of the current workforce”. Our engagement with Government is especially valued as our advice is impartial, evidence-based and only in the best interest of the nation.  We shall meet with Government representatives again in early autumn and would welcome your expertise and the opportunity to present evidence from members.

I ask that those members who work within organisations that employ non UK EU citizens write and address three questions:

1. Where are the “red lines” within the Government’s  Policy Paper (if any) and are there substantial difficulties that you foresee with the policy that would impact your business.  

2. What is the level of non-UK staff as a percentage of your total staff. What is the split  between permanent and temporary staff and what are the main roles you employ them for.

3. Are you experiencing current problems in attracting and retaining non UK EU staff?

Please e-mail me at kevin.richardson@ciltuk.org.uk  - thank you for your help.

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