Poll finds firms have become more positive towards UK’s impending exit from the EU

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Mid-sized construction firms are the most upbeat businesses in the UK about the impact of Brexit, according to new research.

A YouGov survey conducted for tax consultants RSM found more than two thirds (68%) of construction businesses polled were confident about the government’s ability to deliver a good Brexit deal.

Kelly Boorman, head of construction at RSM, said the positive sentiment among construction firms could be the result of more clarity around the status of EU citizens in the UK.

The government has said all EU citizens currently living and working in the UK can apply for ‘settled status’ by the end of June 2021.

But Boorman warned that if uncertainty were to return, or more restrictions placed on EU citizens living and working in the country it could push up recruitment costs.

“Companies should be coming up with creative ideas for plugging the skills gap. These could include engaging with schools and colleges to encourage more students to study STEM subjects, increasing apprenticeships, reforming talent management and embracing technology,” she added.