The twin forces of Brexit and the Pandemic are combining to create a major labour shortage in the UK, particularly in the hospitality and retail sectors. The mass departure of foreign workers over the last 18 months has meant British employers are now struggling to hire staff.

On May 25th the new EU-wide rules about data protection come into affect. The key points within an employment context, in my view, are:

  • Candidates reserve the right to know what has happened to their personal data on or after the recruitment process
  • Regulators will respond to even a single complaint expecting a detailed breakdown of how data was managed
  • Fines can reach 4% of global revenue for breaches