The Government tightened its position on illegal working in 2008, increasing pressure on employers to check the immigration status of new recruits and ensure all employees have a legal right to work in the UK. Solicitor Nisha Patel identifies how to tac More...27 March 2013 09:42
The rise in UK employers' use of low-skilled migrant labour from the European Union (EU) is not simply due to factors such as work ethic or skills, and is instead related to a number of "unintentional recruitment factors", according to the Chartered Ins More...14 March 2013 15:15
Solicitor Nisha Patel sets out some practical tips for tier 2 sponsors to follow before and during an inspection visit.
Employers that employ foreign nationals under tier 2 of the points-based system must comply with certain duties under their spon More...26 February 2013 15:14
Olympics fever has meant that 2012 has been a boom year for the number of foreign nationals working in the UK, particularly in London. But as supermarket giant Tesco faces a potential six-figure fine for illegally employing foreign students at More...03 September 2012 10:33
There have been further developments today in the debate over the impact of immigration on levels of unemployment in the UK. Research published today by the Government's Migration Advisory Committee (MAC) points to an association between non-EU migra More...10 January 2012 16:43
Businesses will be urged to give more jobs to young UK workers instead of "falling back" on foreign labour, in a speech by the work and pensions secretary today.
Addressing the Spanish Foundation for Analysis and Social Studies in Madrid, Iain Dunca More...01 July 2011 11:33
Annabel Mace of Hammonds LLP concludes a series of articles providing an update on employing foreign workers with a checklist for employers on surviving a UK Border Agency (UKBA) audit. Employers that sponsor foreign workers under the points- More...22 February 2011 10:40
The Government has announced it will cap the number of non-EU skilled migrants permitted to work in the UK to 21,700 next year, down from 28,000. Theresa May, Home Secretary, told MPs that the UK entry cap on skilled workers without a job offer -&nbs More...23 November 2010 17:15
A recommendation to cut the number of migrant workers coming to Britain from outside the EU by between 13% and 25% next year has been given a mixed reception from employers' groups.
The Migration Advisory Committee (MAC), the independent body asked More...18 November 2010 16:00
The Prime Minister's hint at concessions on the proposed immigration cap proves that the Government is listening to the complaints of employers, according to business secretary Vince Cable. Speaking at the CBI conference in London yesterday, David Ca More...26 October 2010 11:36
A group of Nobel prize-winning academics has added its weight to calls for the Government to scrap plans for a permanent immigration cap, warning that the plan threatens the UK's position as a centre of scientific excellence. An interim cap More...07 October 2010 11:22
Most of the Equality Act 2010 came into force on 1 October 2010 and employers need to make sure they comply with the changes to legislation. Warning: This page is no longer updated. It has been More...22 September 2010 15:19
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The proposed immigration cap is likely to be watered down before its permanent introduction to ensure it can flex to meet the recruitment needs of business, employment experts have predicted.
Earlier this week, the government announced a temporary More...30 June 2010 17:18
Employers bringing migrant workers into the UK would have to provide private health insurance for them, under new government proposals.
The government has said it will bring net migration down to the "tens of thousands rather than hundreds of thous More...29 June 2010 08:22
The government is set to announce a temporary limit on the number of migrant workers allowed to enter the UK from outside the EU today, ahead of a planned permanent cap.
Home secretary Theresa May will limit the number of workers to 24,100 – do More...28 June 2010 08:23
Employers will be asked to help set the government's planned cap on immigration amid Cabinet worries about the impact of the policy.
The coalition is planning to implement a Conservative election promise to put a ceiling on the number of migrants a More...25 June 2010 09:14
New restrictions on the free movement of unskilled workers in Europe should be introduced, according to Ed Balls, one of the contenders for the Labour Party leadership.
Balls has suggested rewriting the EU treaty's provisions on the free movement of More...07 June 2010 08:31
The new coalition government must consult employers before introducing a migration cap, the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) has urged.
The HR professional body highlighted "deep concerns" about the imposition of a cap o More...13 May 2010 12:50
In the final week of the general election campaign, immigration remains a divisive issue between the leading political parties. Kat Baker scrutinises the policies and what they mean for HR. More...30 April 2010 16:39