Brexit: Indian workers apprehensive of jobs
London, June 25: Brexit may have bought happiness to more than half of the population; however, the Indian diaspora is left clueless about their status in the country. Some argue that Brexit opens up the possibility of enhancing skilled migration to the country, while some argue that the competition would be tough, leading to fewer making it to the working class here.
IT professionals, especially are miffed since any form of economic slowdown cuts down jobs in their sector first. One of them says, "oftware professionals may find things very difficult, unlike in the past. The craze for migrating to the UK may end." Demographically, Britain is diversified with a major part formed by Indians.
It is home to more than 4 lakh Tamilians, out of which 3.5 lakhs are Sri Lankans and the rest are from Tamil Nadu. In fact, experts rue that the Brexit would hit India's flagship IT sector and the situation now means setting up headquarters in both Europe and Britain. This would increase the overhead costs for companies.
Trupti Patel, who is a software validation manager, said,"Uncertainty over jobs will only rise as there is already a buzz that some financial firms are considering winding up operations in the UK." The outcome is predictable from the fact that UK accounts for 17% of the Indian IT sector's global exports of over $100 billion.
Similar dilemma is faced by the 20,000 Goans who have taken Portugese citizenship to work in the UK. Swindon resident N Silva said, "Most do manual jobs in warehouses and factories. Those doing desk jobs may be just 5 per cent of Goan immigrants." Bengalis and Marwaris are apprehensive alike. However, the Gujarati community is divided. Those owning businesses are happy with the referrendum as they believe that the prices of almost everything will come down. However, those working at the desk are equally apprehensive like the fellow Indians.