Manual workers 'at greatest risk' from Brexit

British men employed as manual workers are most at risk from Brexit, according to a report.
The group, which is thought to have voted overwhelmingly to leave the European Union, are more likely to be in sectors that sell a large amount of their output to the EU.
These sectors include clothing manufacture, transport equipment, car manufacturing and the chemicals and pharmaceuticals.The report by the Institute for Fiscal Studies concluded that men with GCSE qualifications or below are more likely than other groups to work in industries at extreme risk from new trade barriers after Brexit.Agnes Norris Keiller, co-author of the report and an economist at IFS, said: "If barriers to trade with the EU increase, particularly the sort of 'non-tariff' barriers created by customs checks and regulatory divergence, then some sectors of the economy will be affected more than others."Parts of the manufacturing sector are likely to be hardest hit."As a result, the jobs or wages of men with low formal qualifications working in certain manual occupations may be under particular threat."These are the sorts of workers who are most likely to find it hard to adapt and to find new roles that are equally well paid elsewhere."
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