There has been a lot of panic and misinformation in the week following the referendum and as usual a lot of rhetoric from the politicians and press, but common sense will have to prevail or else it will not only be our construction industry but also amongst others our health, agricultural and ironically our tourist industry will suffer. Without our immigrant colleagues where will we be?
Let’s try and make life simple for construction in the wake of last week’s Brexit vote. Does the decision mean there will be less to build and will there still be enough people to actually do the work? The first question is one of degrees but the more immediate issue is immigrant labour. Contractors need to know that their workforce isn’t going to disappear anytime soon. EU workers are a fixture on sites and in offices across the country. Without them the industry would grind to a halt. Construction companies need assurance that existing workers will be allowed to remain while any new immigration system will be able to cope with demand for both skilled and unskilled labour. It shouldn’t be hard for the Government to make that pledge.