Henley Research International is providing consultancy assistance to a number of companies who are investing in post-Brexit strategies. The uncertainty around the terms of the UK’s exit from the EU and the potential knock-on effects of this on trade, the UK economy and availability of talent in the UK are all significant factors. Household name organisations such as Unilever, HSBC, Deutsche Bank, Barclays and Lloyds of London have already announced plans to move jobs out of the UK and many others, whilst not making public announcements or taking decisive action yet, are ensuring they have plans in place which will allow them to move quickly if required.

Henley Managing Director Mark Senior says “the sort of work we are being asked to do focuses in particular, though not exclusively, on talent issues. We are currently undertaking a project for a forward-thinking client in professional services who have asked us to look at six EU locations and to carry out a comparability study, looking at issues such as local skills, talent availability, universities, transportation links, cost of living, salary levels and so on. We are also factoring in proximity to current and potential clients and local economic factors. Our methodologies are tailored to each project, but invariably involve online research and telephone investigations. For example we carry out in-depth interviews with Talent Acquisition and HR executives working locally to get a current and “real-life” view on a range of talent issues. These conversations can put a spotlight on how easy or difficult it can be to recruit the right people in a given location, and what the challenges are.”

Henley’s research team is multi-cultural and multi-lingual and highly experienced in carrying out talent intelligence and market research work of this type.