11 July 2019: The uncertainty of Brexit is a concern for over 60% of project managers in Northern Ireland compared to 39% in the Republic, according to a new cross border survey. The majority said that Brexit will have a negative impact on their organisation — 87% in the Republic and 79% in Northern Ireland.
The survey was conducted by an all-island working group to address Brexit, which includes the Ireland Chapter of Project Management Institute (PMI), the largest professional organisation for project managers in Ireland, and the PMI Northern Ireland Committee.
The PMI Brexit Cross Border Working Group’s first cross border survey revealed that while over 50% of project managers in Northern Ireland stated their economy is not prepared for the impact of Brexit, just 25% said the same in the Republic.
Of the sectors that will be most impacted by Brexit, project managers in Northern Ireland noted Transport (39%), Government (26%), and Agri-foods (21%). In the Republic, it was Agri-foods (63%), Transport (26%), Government (11%).
Co-chair of the PMI Brexit Cross Border Working Group, Peter Glynne stated: "Brexit is all about large-scale change and our research highlights the impact of current uncertainty on organisations across the island of Ireland.
“In the Republic of Ireland, our research indicates that 39% of project managers are concerned about the uncertainty whilst in Northern Ireland the figure is higher at 61%. This highlights the importance of agile leadership, not only to successfully plan and manage Brexit related change, but also readiness to respond to a rapidly changing political and economic landscape."
The survey revealed that Corporate Risk Management and Detailed Impact Analysis are the top two activities being undertaken by organisations both north and south of the border to manage Brexit.
The establishment of the PMI Brexit Cross Border Working Group last year was put in place to make recommendations on how to navigate Brexit. The deadline for the UK’s formal exit from the European Union has been extended to October 31.