Beyond Brexit

Priorities and next steps for HR

In this uncertain environment, HR plays an instrumental role in steering the organisation through Brexit. Employers who are able to identify and deal with the changes up-front will be better placed to exploit the business opportunities arising from the vote.

On 29 March 2017, the Prime Minister officially triggered Article 50 to begin the formal process of withdrawing the UK from the European Union. 

In this uncertain environment the demands on HR leaders have reached new heights, from managing the immediate people implications of the referendum vote to business scenario planning. The most direct effect of Brexit for many employers will be the impact on talent and labour markets. With around 50% of organisations* having a UK based workforce made up of more than 6% non UK EEA/Swiss Nationals, it is critical for leaders to understand how potential changes to immigration status could affect their talent pipeline whilst helping employees deal with practical concerns like residence applications.

Many critical decisions will be made in the coming months and it is essential to plan ahead. Our experience is that UK business is adaptable. Now is the time to assess and address potential barriers, in order to make the most of the opportunities that Brexit creates.

To understand what organisations see as the most important implications for HR to address, we surveyed around 100 organisations. Download our analysis of the survey, where we showcase the biggest issues and challenges for UK organisations and our recommendations to help HR functions support their Brexit plan.

* Based on PwC research responses


Contact us

Tom Gosling
Tel: +44(0)20 7212 3973

Ben Wilkins
Tel: +44 (0)20 7212 4096

Julia Onslow-Cole
Head of Global Immigration, Partner, PwC UK
Tel: +44 (0)20 7804 7252

Anthony Bruce
Head of HR Consulting
Tel: +44 (0)20 7213 4524