Migrant Workers

Migrant workers are an important part of the UK workforce. Citizens of most European Economic Area (EEA) countries can work in the UK without special permission. There is a points-based system for non-EEA nationals wishing to work in the UK.


Most firms lack information to make post-Brexit staffing decisions

Very few employers are prepared for the introduction of new immigration restrictions, putting them at risk of a labour “supply shock” after Brexit.

Polish ambassador advises Poles to leave the UK after Brexit

19 Sep 2019

Poland’s ambassador to the UK is urging Polish nationals to “seriously consider” leaving the UK because of the problems some...

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Government reconsidering plans to immediately end freedom of movement

2 Sep 2019

The government has been forced to scrap plans to immediately end freedom of movement for EU nationals after Brexit after...

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Priti confusing? Managing sudden immigration changes

27 Aug 2019

Last week home secretary Priti Patel said she was planning to end freedom of movement for EU nationals as soon...

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How HR can safeguard against modern slavery in supply chains

27 Aug 2019

With the Home Office suggesting that organisations should improve the effectiveness of their modern slavery policies, Lottie Galvin looks at...

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Drop in EU migrants prompts urgent call for immigration transition period

22 Aug 2019

The number of EU citizens moving to the UK to work has continued to fall, prompting business bodies to reiterate...

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Boris Johnson’s fast-track visas for scientists criticised

9 Aug 2019

A fast-track visa route to help employers attract the “brightest and best” international scientists has been put forward by Boris...

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EU must better prepare for impact of no-deal Brexit on UK citizens

29 Jul 2019

The European Union needs to ramp up its contingency planning for the effect a no-deal Brexit could have on UK...

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Migrant salary threshold should be £20,000, say business leaders

17 Jul 2019

Business leaders have called for a number of reforms to the immigration system, including lowering the salary threshold and revising...

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Post-Brexit regional salary thresholds for migrants to be considered

25 Jun 2019

The Migration Advisory Committee is to consider how salary thresholds should be calculated under a future immigration system – including...

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Expand shortage occupation list to meet skills needs

29 May 2019

The shortage occupation list should be expanded to allow more migrant workers to fill a wider range of health, IT...

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No EU settlement scheme applications rejected in initial phase

3 May 2019

The Home Office has announced that more than 600,000 EU citizens had applied to stay in the UK in the...

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‘Asylum migrants’ earn less than UK-born workers

25 Apr 2019

People that come to the UK as “asylum migrants” are more likely to be unemployed, earn less and work fewer...

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Directors held personally liable for exploitative treatment of farm workers

24 Apr 2019

Two company directors have been held personally liable for breaching employment contracts in a series of damning claims made by...

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Report proposes new visas to tackle tech skills gaps

4 Mar 2019

The government should create a new class of visas specifically for technology firms “with the most growth potential” to help...

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