Immigration

New migration rules will worsen labour shortages

Measures set by government designed to cut migration are likely to exacerbate labour shortages, particularly in the care and hospitality sectors, according to experts.

Immigration price hike hits employers

The UK government’s visa price hike has come into force today (4 October) leaving workers and employers with a much larger bill.

HR employment considerations when facing an M&A deal

This year has been challenging for dealmakers given declining deal volume. However, forecasters predict that deal flow could soon open up leading to an uptick in activity in mergers and acquisitions...

UK immigration system reform and fees set to impact employers

Government plans to reform the UK immigration system, including increases to the cost of work visas, have been condemned due to concerns about the impact on the UK’s competition for global talent. 

Key HR strategies for managing immigration

Immigration will, it seems, always be at or near the top of any government’s list of national concerns. For this reason, the UK’s system of managed migration is often the subject of review, redesign...

Post-Brexit restrictions failing to plug low skilled vacancy gap

Post-Brexit restrictions on hiring migrant workers have not led to employers investing more in the recruitment and training of UK workers for low-skilled jobs.

Government cracks down on illegal working

An almost 10% rise in government visits to identify illegal working should remind employers to tighten recruitment processes and understand risks in this area say legal experts.

News

Skills gap: UK needs one million migrants a year

The post-pandemic immigration rate of 1.1 million arrivals a year could be the key to solving Britain’s skills crisis if sustained, according to think tank the Social Market Foundation (SMF).

2023 predictions for UK immigration policy as skills shortages escalate

With approximately 1.2 million current job vacancies open, according to the Office for National Statistics (ONS), skills shortages are continuing to escalate, particularly in the care, science,...

REC warns of issues with digital right to work checks

The chief executive of the Recruitment and Employment Confederation (REC) Neil Carberry, has warned UK immigration minister Robert Jenrick of issues with new digital right to work checks.

How might the autumn statement use the immigration system as a tool for growth?

Talk last week that prime minister Rishi Sunak is considering a growth visa for skilled migrants, an idea previously championed by Liz Truss, is likely to be welcomed by employers struggling to...

Relaxed immigration rules could benefit UK labour market

Prime minister Liz Truss is expected to loosen UK immigration rules in an attempt to boost the economy amid fears of a recession.