EU citizens and UK businesses need reassurance of their status
The British Chambers of Commerce (BCC) survey found that more than two fifths of companies polled said their employees have expressed concern over their future in the country as some have already resigned in the wake of the Brexit vote.
BCC acting director general Adam Marshall, said: "Since the referendum many firms have expressed concern over the future status of their existing EU workforce. These hardworking people are absolutely vital to the success of businesses, and must be retained - we cannot afford to lose talented and skilled workers.
"Theresa May should reassure them as soon as possible that they will have the right to remain in the UK, to provide much-needed certainty both for EU employees and UK employers."
The survey, carried out a month after June's referendum, found that 41% of companies that employ EU workers say their staff have expressed uncertainty over their residency status in the UK.
About 5% of businesses that employ EU workers have seen them resign following the Brexit vote and 10% of businesses said their EU employees have said they intend to leave.
Of the 800 businesses surveyed, 60% think residency guarantees for EU workers would have a positive impact on their business, 28% said it would have none and 9% said they did not know. ■