Do you hire from the EU? Check the changes to ensure you are prepared for 1 January 2020

October 30, 2020

Urgent message from the Business Secretary: The way you hire from the EU is changing

From 1 January 2021, the UK will introduce a points-based immigration system that will treat EU and non-EU citizens equally and transform the way in which employers recruit internationally.

The new points-based system will ensure we prioritise and invest in those people already in the UK, upskilling our current workforce, whilst also attracting the best and brightest from around the world.

Regardless of the nature of our future trading relationship with the EU, from 1 January there will be guaranteed changes for businesses:

  • You will need to be a licensed sponsor to hire eligible workers from outside the UK. This normally takes 8 weeks and fees apply.
  • New job, salary and language requirements will apply to anyone that you want to hire from outside the UK.
  • The new system will not apply to hiring Irish citizens, or EU citizens already living and working in the UK who are eligible under the EU Settlement Scheme.

If you do not take action, there is a risk your business operations will be interrupted.



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