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Spanish researchers say UK companies 'need to act' as EU workers plan to leave post-Brexit
AROUND a million European workers are likely to leave the UK for good once Brexit goes ahead, including a third of Spanish scientists, according to a recent paper by KPMG.
The effects of Brexit on European Union citizens, as the research is titled, reveals that although 45% of EU employees have expressed their intention to stay on in Britain no matter what, a further 35% are considering leaving and 8% have already decided to do so, whilst the remainder are as yet undecided.
Just over half of EU workers in Britain say they are hoping their companies will ask them to stay and help make it possible for them to do so if they face any hurdles.
Spaniards in Britain typically work in the catering industry, in teaching, in the NHS or in science, meaning they fall into the category of European employees most likely to be considering leavinig – independent, qualified and young.
Among those meeting this description planning on leaving or strongly considering doing so are 50% of respondents who hold PhDs and 39% of those with lower post-graduate qualifications – certificates, diplomas or master's degrees, or the professional equivalent.
Of those respondents who earn between 50,000 and 100,000 pounds a year (€54,000 to €108,000) before tax, a total of 52% are thinking seriously about leaving or have decided to do so.
Spain's Brexit and internationalisation leader at KPMG Spain, Antonio Hernández, says the results of the research 'highlight the importance' of how companies intend to act to prevent a 'haemorrhage of talent' from the UK as a result of its leaving the European Union.
This is especially the case given how many are undecided, and how many are still at the 'strongly considering' stage and could be persuaded to stay put, Hernández says.
Based upon KPMG's findings, Hernández believes the future in Britain will see 'huge competition' for talented staff among companies, and a high number of firms deciding to 'complement' their existing employee teams with Artificial Intelligence and robotics.
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