A few weeks ago, one subject has predominantly dominated the media: the Brexit. Great Britain’s exit from the European Union has not only caused some turmoil within the country itself but also internationally. Within these last few weeks, it has been proved that the Brexit has numerous proponents but even more opponents. But how do the Europeans assess the Brexit for their own professional future? We asked our users in Germany, Switzerland, Austria, the United Kingdom, Ireland, Poland, Hungary, the Czech Republic, Slovakia and Rumania if they assessed the Brexit as a threat for their jobs.
You can see right away on our diagram that the amount of people who see the Brexit as a threat to their job is fewer than 50% in all countries. The 3 countries where the most people are concerned are Great Britain with 44%, which, for obvious reasons, is most affected by the Brexit, Ireland (46%), which has strong economic relations with the United Kingdom, and Poland (46%), which employs over a million migrant workers in the United Kingdom.
Even though many people from other Eastern European countries are also working in the United Kingdom, it seems as if the consequences of the Brexit weren’t considered as bad in the remaining countries like Hungry, the Czech Republic, Slovakia and Rumania as in Poland. Especially Rumania seems not to be affected by the Brexit at all (only 7% indicated that they were concerned because of the Brexit), which can be linked to the fact that many Rumanians are working in France or in Spain, but not so many in the United Kingdom.
And also in the DACH region (Germany, Switzerland, Austria) the majority of people doesn’t assess the Brexit as a threat for their jobs.
JOBswype polled its users in July 2016.