Covid-19 saw highest figures of non-EU workers on payroll

Data discovered by Staffology reveals that UK, EU and non-EU payroll data varied drastically during the course of the Covid-19 pandemic.

While the UK entered the first lockdown in March 2020 with payroll numbers at 25.7 million, that then dropped to 24.9 million by March 2021, while non-EU payroll saw figures at 2.12 million in March 2020, steadily growing to 2.14 million by March 2021.

Whilst native UK workers saw a significant decline in payroll numbers, and non-EU experienced growth, EU workers saw the highest month-on-month decline, experiencing a drop of 1.62% in August 2020 compared to the UK’s decrease of 0.45% in the same month.

The UK’s exit from the EU has also affected decisions to work in the UK, which may give a reason for the UK’s drastic difference in payroll. When Brexit happened in January 2020, the UK’s payroll number was at 25.7 million. Seeing a consistent decline from this point until April 2021, the data shows that the advent of both Brexit and coronavirus meant the UK’s job market was hit hardest compared to its counterparts.

Unlike UK workers, non-EU workers have the highest rates of self-employment and business ownership globally, meaning they weren’t relying on major businesses to survive in order to work.

Expert Technical Payroll Writer at Staffology, Caine Bird, said: “Coronavirus and Brexit have created uncertainty in the job market for many years now, something that workers and businesses alike have been forced to adapt to. Our analysis of payroll data from the UK, EU and Non-EU provides us with valuable information on how payroll has differed between them in light of these events.”

Staffology also discovered that since July 2014, non-EU workers have seen a continuous rise in payroll. This data provides insight into not only how differences in government response and Covid regulation has impacted employment figures, but how a pre-pandemic job market looked across these locations.