There has again, been a lot of discussion this week about "hard brexit" or "soft brexit", not just from our government and the opposition, but also from Europe, with one of the key topics of course being free movement of labour.
The RICS have quite rightly highlighted to the government, the need for a strategy for a skilled workforce. I believe the government should be trying to address the issue of the skill shortage now, as surely we are heading for a crisis when we eventually leave the EU behind.
1. Access to skills The greatest strength of our sector is the skill of our workforce. The free movement of labour within the EU has been vital to the growth and flexibility)of the construction sector. Access to a skilled workforce of the highest quality and a focus on developing the next generation of home-grown talent are critical to ensure we can build the homes businesses and infrastructure we need to compete globally. We therefore urge the Government to explore options and approaches to ensure that this access is not impeded to the detriment of the built environment.