Brexit and Skill Shortages: An Empirical Analysis of UK SMEs

Pattanapong Tiwasing

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This paper examines the perspectives of SMEs on Brexit and skill shortages using cross-sectional data of 2,969 SMEs from a UK Government’s Small Business survey for 2016. The logistic regression with clustered standard errors is applied to analyse the association between SMEs considering Brexit as a major business obstacle and the probability of SMEs identifying skill shortages in their businesses. The results show that firms with a shortage of managerial skills/expertise have a 6.5% higher probability to report that Brexit will affect their businesses, followed by difficulties in staff recruitment (4.5%) and shortage of skills within external labour markets (3.8%). Policy recommendations are provided.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)9-15
Number of pages7
JournalEconomics and Business Letters
Issue number1
Publication statusPrint publication - 21 Feb 2021
Externally publishedYes


  • Brexit
  • SMEs
  • Skill shortages
  • United Kingdom


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