The government has been given “a wake up call” not to forget the issues central to people’s daily lives amid the focus on Brexit.
The London Business 1000 Survey, a tie-up between London Chamber of Commerce and Industry and London Councils, found that workers’ biggest concerns did not relate to the impact of the UK leaving the EU – but the cost of housing and their daily commute.
When it comes to recruiting, 28 per cent of businesses said the cost of commuting was the single most important factor, followed by 23 per cent who said housing. These two sectors topped the list of areas businesses want to see the government tackle, followed by training.
Sectors facing potential disruption to labour as a result of Brexit, such as leisure, named immigration their major concern.
Chief executive of London Chamber of Commerce and Industry Colin Stanbridge told City A.M.: “This study reinforces our view that there are other issues than Brexit that London needs to tackle – it is a wake up call to government that housing and transport are vitally important.
“Obviously Brexit is important but this is about what dominates your daily life… [Transport and housing] will become even more important after we leave the EU because we will want to attract the brightest and best from around the world or around Britain and if we don’t have the right transport infrastructure or enough houses it will hit us at city. That is the last thing we want when we are leaving the EU.”