In 2016, 11%, or, roughly 3.4 million of the UK’s labour market were non-UK nationals. Of this 11%, 7%, which was around 2.2 million people, were EU nationals; and non-EU nationals comprised the other 4%, which stood at around 1.2 million people.
So, 3.4 million of the UK’s workforce two years ago were non-UK nationals. In 2018, that number is likely higher. And the numbers will continue rising. The demand for skilled labour never ceases. But of course, if 11% of your workforce are non-UK nationals, you need to think about how you’re integrating these ESL (English as a second language) employees into your workplace culture.
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