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.


Employers worried about migrant worker restrictions post-Brexit

Employers are concerned about the prospect of restrictions on their ability to recruit workers from the European Economic Area (EEA),...

Brexit and immigration: At last some progress on citizens’ rights

2 Mar 2018

The immigration question has loomed over Brexit negotiations for some time now, but a policy paper published by Theresa May’s...

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Counting the cost of the non-EU immigration cap

28 Feb 2018

The NHS recently called into question the cap on non-EU migrants coming into the UK, claiming it was blocking access...

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Number of EU citizens leaving UK highest since 2008

22 Feb 2018

The number of EU citizens leaving the UK has reached its highest point since 2008, according to the latest migration...

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Beware of winter delays when sponsoring tier 2 general workers

11 Jan 2018

Employers wishing to sponsor non-EEA nationals under tier 2 (general) this winter should be aware that there is no guarantee...

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Skills gaps will hamper growth in 2018 say most employers

19 Dec 2017

Four-fifths of companies worry that they will not be able to fill skills gaps in the coming year, according to...

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EU citizens’ rights confirmed in Brexit agreement

8 Dec 2017

EU citizens living in the UK and vice versa will have their rights to live, work and study protected it...

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Time running out for Brexit migration consultation

24 Oct 2017

With this Friday’s deadline to contribute towards the call for evidence from the Migration Advisory Committee, Jackie Penlington looks at...

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Government asks committee to look into post-Brexit immigration

27 Jul 2017

The Government has commissioned an in-depth report into how immigration will be managed after Brexit.
Home secretary Amber Rudd has...

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Five key compliance challenges for HR

29 Jun 2017

HR departments face a constant barrage of new regulation and compliance requirements, and forthcoming developments such as GDPR will add...

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May proposes “UK settled status” for EU citizens

23 Jun 2017

A new “UK settled status” could give EU migrants who have lived in the UK for five years the right...

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Tougher migration rules would harm business, claims CIPD

19 Jun 2017

A quarter of employers believe that making it a requirement for EU migrants to have a job would have a...

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Labour would launch unskilled migrant visa, according to leaked policy

31 May 2017

Labour would launch a policy to allow unskilled migrants into the UK after Brexit, according to a draft policy paper...

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“Brexit brain drain” fears grow as net migration falls

25 May 2017

Net migration to the UK in 2016 fell by 25% to 248,000, but immigration experts warn of a Brexit brain...

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Labour manifesto 2017: what employers need to know

17 May 2017

The Labour Party’s official manifesto has been released today and includes some of the most radical changes to employment legislation...

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