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Exit from EU will “threaten UK jobs”


A major recruitment firm has claimed that an exit from the European Union (EU) would harm the UKs economy and threaten UK jobs.

Recruitment firm Manpower has claimed that there would be a great amount of “uncertainty and instability” if the UK left the EU, and firms would be less willing to invest in new jobs in the UK. It also claimed that British employers would find it hard to recruit overseas qualified workers.

Manpower’s survey of 2,100 employers in the UK showed that the UK faces a “critical shortfall” of qualified workers, particularly in the north of England. If the UK leaves the EU, there will be less staff, possibly leading to a fall in production and productivity.

Manpower Solutions UK managing director James Hick said:
"Our position on Europe is clear: leaving the EU would threaten jobs and harm Britain's prospects.
"At a time when we face serious skills shortages in key areas of the economy, that [an EU exit] could have a very negative effect on our economic health."

Other employers in the UK seem to be torn about the proposed EU referendum, which David Cameron has claimed will take place by the end of 2017.
Businesses so far seem divided over the historic vote. Employers' body the CBI has said continued EU membership is in the UK's national interest, while the British Chambers of Commerce has said 55% of its members are in favour of a "reformed Europe".

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