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.


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Boris Johnson’s fast-track visas for scientists criticised

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

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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Top 10 HR questions February 2019: Redundancy, FTCs and maternity leave

1 Mar 2019

When faced with the need to make redundancies, how should an employer decide which employees to select?
Redundancy exercises bring...

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Post-Brexit £30,000 immigration salary threshold will be ‘disastrous’

28 Feb 2019

The government's proposed salary threshold for EU migrants will “decimate” the UK's manufacturing base, says industry body.

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No-deal Brexit: Five things for business travellers to consider

28 Feb 2019

Businesses whose staff travel to the EU need to be making no-deal Brexit preparations. So what do they need to do to avoid difficulties travelling to Europe after 29 March?

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UK no more biased against migrant workers than other EU nations

26 Feb 2019

Around 15% of people in the UK would object to having immigrants as neighbours, and most Brexiteers do not object...

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EU worker numbers continue to fall ahead of Brexit

20 Feb 2019

With Brexit drawing closer, the number of EU nationals working in the UK fell by 61,000 in the last quarter...

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Businesses ‘hung out to dry’ without no-deal Brexit answers

13 Feb 2019

With 44 days to go until the UK leaves the EU, the British Chambers of Commerce (BCC) has published a...

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