Visas

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. 

Upgrade the passport system to unlock global talent

A study from The Learning and Work Institute suggests skills shortages will cost the UK £120 billion by 2030.

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,...

Employers face a growing rift in government on hiring talent from abroad

In her closing speech to the 2022 Conservative party conference in Birmingham, prime minister Liz Truss hit out at “the enemies of enterprise” while insisting she was aligned with her chancellor in...

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.

Relocating staff in a time of crisis

War, unrest, political tensions, repression and corruption present global businesses and their employees with myriad issues including urgent relocations, sorting out visas and dealing with complex...

New Global Business Mobility visa could be blocking talent

The introduction of a Global Business Mobility visa for foreign workers is a step in the right direction, but it may need reform to effectively attract overseas talent to the UK.

Legal-ease: 2022 visas will help reduce skills drought

The government has created new visa schemes intended to draw talented workers to these shores, so who can take advantage of them and what are the employer requirements? 

Is the UK's confused visa system in need of reform?

A ragbag approach to skills shortages and hard-to-shift government bias over the intentions of migrants is preventing employers making the most of potential talent, finds Peter Crush.

Ukraine crisis: how HR can help refugees

More than 2.8 million people have fled Ukraine following the Russian invasion, according to the UN. With a large group of British businesses, including M&S, Asos and Lush now pledging to hire...

Business visas - an illegal working risk for 2022?

As we move into a new year with less restrictions on travel and the loss of free movement post Brexit, UK employers should be vigilant of the risk that business visitors pose from an illegal working...