The government needs to provide more details of what could happen to European Union employees after the UK leaves the EU, according to an industry recruiter.
Anthony Hesse, managing director of Property Personnel – the UK's oldest estate agency recruitment firm - says the lack of information about Brexit is creating a 'vacuum of vulnerability' for employees and employers.
"Decisions still need to be made out there, so both employers and employees need to have some idea about what is going to happen in the future, in order that they can plan accordingly," he says.
"But at the moment, the radio silence is deafening.”
Hesse's comments come as a reaction to a recent British Chambers of Commerce study which found that around 40% of firms employing staff from the EU say their EU employees have expressed concern about their future residency status.
The government has offered reassurance to the three million EU nationals currently living in the UK but the recruitment guru says that issues surrounding the status of existing EU nationals, the nature of new appointment from the other 27 EU countries and future immigration policy all require 'rapid clarity'.
“We still have a significant skills gap in the UK. So we need an immigration policy that allows businesses to plug skills shortages with employees from the EU, with as little bureaucracy or cost, and as few barriers as possible," says Hesse.
"This is about long-term policy making for businesses, including estate agents up and down the country, who are unable to make important decisions because the information required is simply not there."