From Civil Society
Over 80 per cent of EU nationals currently working in the charity sector would be ineligible to work in the UK, if the same rules that apply to non-EU nationals were applied to them, which would have a “dramatic impact”, researchers said.
The findings were made in a report from the Institute of Public Policy which was commissioned by Charity Finance Group.
The report The charity workforce in post-Brexit Britain: Immigration and skills policy for the third sector found that, if the same skills rules that applied to non-EU nationals were applied to EU nationals, 82 per cent of EU nationals would be ineligible to work in the UK. This increases to 87 per cent in social and residential care job roles.
Speaking at the launch of the report at the All Party Parliamentary Group, report author Marley Morris, senior research fellow at IPPR, said: “If you apply the model for skills on non-EU workers, it would mean quite simply a dramatic impact on the EU charity workers in the UK.”
The report also found that charities will face a skills shortage if they are unable to access workers from the European Union, as the number of EU nationals working in UK charities has more than doubled since 2000 from 14,000 to 31,000 – around 4 per cent of the current charity workforce.
The report also noted that a large majority of EU workers in the charity sector are from the “old member states”, mainly countries in Western Europe. It said: “Approximately 72 per cent of EU workers in the charity sector are nationals of the EU14 member states – the pre-2004 accession countries – compared to 42 per cent of EU nationals in the UK workforce as a whole. “
It said that EU workers tend to be higher paid and more highly qualified than their UK and non-EU counterparts, and are largely concentrated in social work, residential care, education and membership organisations, tending to be younger and more highly qualified than UK workers.