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.


Record fall in EU nationals employed in UK

The number of EU nationals working in the UK has fallen by a record amount, with 86,000 fewer EU workers...

Employers report lack of candidates and pressure to increase wages

13 Aug 2018

Two in five employers found it difficult to get the staff they needed over the past 12 months and have...

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Tier 2 visa alternatives: Employing skilled non-EEA workers

8 Aug 2018

For eight consecutive months the number of applications for certificates of sponsorship for non-EEA workers have surpassed the number available...

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Tier 2 visas: foreign worker cap still being hit despite medical staff exemption

27 Jul 2018

The number of skilled foreign workers applying for visas under the Tier 2 system is still outstripping the number of...

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Home Office publishes settlement scheme toolkit for employers

25 Jul 2018

The Home Office has launched a toolkit that will help employers of EU citizens offer advice in how they can...

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Employers spend thousands on extra benefits to attract skilled EU workers

25 Jul 2018

Six in 10 organisations have offered EU workers extra incentives – including medical insurance, bonuses and higher salaries – in...

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Sajid Javid: no ‘automatic right’ for EU citizens to work post-Brexit

11 Jul 2018

EU citizens would not have any “automatic right” to work in the UK after the Brexit transition period, Sajid Javid...

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NHS hospitals asked to reassure EU staff ahead of Brexit

3 Jul 2018

NHS hospitals in England have been asked to reach out to staff from other EU countries about continuing to work...

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Tier 2 visas: how the NHS exemption will benefit other sectors

19 Jun 2018

The removal of doctors and nurses from the cap on Tier 2 visas for highly-skilled workers has been welcomed and...

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Doctors and nurses to be excluded from Tier 2 visa cap

15 Jun 2018

NHS doctors and nurses will be excluded from restrictions to the number of visas granted to skilled non-EU migrant workers,...

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Home secretary to propose universal immigration system after Brexit

11 Jun 2018

Home secretary Sajid Javid has reportedly “torn up” plans to offer European migrants preferential access to the UK after its...

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Tier 2 visa reforms: what would employers like to see?

6 Jun 2018

With a review of the Tier 2 visa system for non-EU nationals promised by home secretary Sajid Javid, Rachel Harvey...

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Home secretary Javid announces review of Tier 2 immigration

4 Jun 2018

Home secretary Sajid Javid has said that the Home Office would conduct a review of its under-fire policy on issuing...

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EU workers posted abroad to be entitled to local pay rates

30 May 2018

Workers posted to another EU country will be entitled to the same rate of pay and working conditions as their...

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Tier 2 visas: Why employers can’t get the skilled labour they need

18 May 2018

The quota on Tier 2 (General) visas has been reached for several consecutive months, which is causing serious issues for...

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