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What can employers take from the latest migration statistics?

Earlier this month we blogged on the CIPD's latest quarterly labour market snapshot which found that the number of applicants per vacancy had significantly decreased across all skill levels in the last 12 months. The ONS has now released its August quarterly report on the UK migration statistics for the year ending March 2018 and the report highlights some interesting shifts in the patterns of EU migration in and out of the UK.
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What can employers take from the latest migration statistics?

CIPD reports that a reduced amount of EU to UK migration has caused a skills shortage in the UK

According to CIPD's latest quarterly labour market snapshot, a slump in the number of EU citizens migrating to the UK has exacerbated skills shortages in the UK.
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CIPD reports that a reduced amount of EU to UK migration has caused a skills shortage in the UK

Migrants’ rights in the spotlight

Brexit is thought to be one of the reasons why the Tier 2 (General) restricted Certificate of Sponsorship cap has been reached. However, we may at last be seeing some reprieve from this.
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Migrants’ rights in the spotlight

The “Windrush” generation – the similarities for EU nationals

The UK government's immigration minister, Caroline Nokes, has set out the government's commitment to support the "Windrush" generation. The "Windrush" generation is a reference to the ship, the Empire Windrush, that brought workers from the West Indies to Britain in 1948.
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The “Windrush” generation – the similarities for EU nationals

How will Brexit affect EU workers?

As negotiations rumble on, Helena Rozman outlines the current position for EU nationals in the UK.  Read the article here – https://www.peoplemanagement.co.uk/experts/legal/brexit-affect-eu-workers#

How will Brexit affect EU workers?

Brexit immigration update: agreement reached on the transition period

The EU and UK held a joint press conference yesterday to announce that they had reached agreement on a number of key areas in the Brexit negotiations. Most notably for employers in the UK, the length of the transition period has been agreed, as well as key features of the process and timing for EU nationals in the UK to apply for residence documentation.

This latest announcement gives employers the certainty they need to start planning for the Brexit transition, including supporting their employees through the application process for residence documentation.

https://www.dentons.com/en/insights/alerts/2018/march/20/brexit-immigration-update-agreement-reached-on-the-transition-period.

Brexit immigration update: agreement reached on the transition period

Brexit work permit crisis set to be the new normal

Scotland (and the whole of the UK) is facing a labour and skills crisis, as Britain’s work permit system was simply not designed to cope with the impact Brexit is already having on the labour market. With more EU nationals leaving the UK and fewer arriving, employers are having to look beyond the EU to fill vacancies, but are struggling to get work permits, as the limited number available is being allocated to employers able to pay above the current salary threshold of £50,000 a year.

https://www.scotsman.com/business/management/jessica-pattinson-brexit-work-permit-crisis-set-to-be-new-normal-1-4704221

 

Brexit work permit crisis set to be the new normal

Brexit latest – EU nationals who arrive during the post Brexit transition period can stay

On 28 February 2018 the UK government announced that EU nationals who arrive in the UK after Brexit Day (29 March 2019), but before the end of the so-called “implementation” or “transition” period, will be able to stay permanently. This is a shift from the UK’s previous position that arrivals after Brexit Day would be entitled to remain on a temporary basis only and become subject to immigration controls at the end of the transition period. While this announcement brings the UK closer to the EU’s stance on this matter, there are still some fundamental differences to be negotiated.

Overall this is positive news for employers, especially those who rely on EU talent, who will now have a longer period to build new talent pipelines to replace workers from the EU.

However, this concession may have come too late for some employers who have already lost valuable talent due to a general feeling of uncertainty among EU nationals and negativity around citizens’ rights. It remains to be seen whether this latest shift in negotiating position will be enough to convince EU nationals that the UK remains an attractive destination to work and build a career.

The UK’s original position was partly based on an assumption that EU nationals would rush to move to the UK before a given cut-off date. The dramatic fall in net migration from the EU since the referendum shows that there was never a risk of this happening.

EU nationals who arrive in the UK during the transition period will be subject to a registration system in line with what is already common practice in other EU member states. After accumulating five years’ residence in the UK an EU national will be able to apply for indefinite leave to remain (ILR), which will allow them to live in the UK permanently.

It should be noted that ILR is not the same as “settled status”, which EU nationals who arrive before Brexit Day will be able to apply for. The application process for ILR usually requires the applicant to satisfy minimum salary requirements, demonstrate English language ability and pass the life in the UK test. ILR is also more restrictive than settled status, for example the holder of ILR will lose this status if they are absent from the UK for a period of two years, while for the holder of settled status, absence up to five years is permitted. It remains to be seen what the qualifying criteria for ILR in this situation will be, and whether a special procedure will be established that is more closely aligned to settled status.

Looking to the future, employers should also be encouraged by the following section of the announcement, which relates to a new immigration framework to be implemented post Brexit:

“… leaving the EU does not mean the end of migration between the EU and the UK. The new framework will therefore be designed to support the UK economy, enable businesses and key public sector workforces such as the National Health Service to access the skills they need, and underpin our trading relationships with partners in Europe and around the world.”

To assist our clients in navigating the complexities of Brexit we have published a comprehensive guide: Immigration and Brexit: Guide for UK-based EU nationals. The guide includes information on how EU nationals will be affected by Brexit and what can be done now in preparation. If you would like to discuss how Dentons can help you prepare for Brexit, and receive a copy of the guide, please do get in touch.

Brexit latest – EU nationals who arrive during the post Brexit transition period can stay

Sex discrimination law review final report

2018 is a momentous year, in that it marks 100 years since British women were given the right to vote. Things have moved on a bit since 1918, and we can safely say that there have been many positive developments since then aimed at addressing the issue of gender inequality in the workplace.

Yet here we are, in this historic centenary year, reading daily accounts of high-profile cases of sex discrimination and harassment. Take, for example, the BBC “not doing equal pay” and the sexual harassment allegations arising from the notorious Presidents Club dinner. Inequality in the workplace remains a real issue, and against that backdrop one key question needs to be considered: are the UK’s sex discrimination laws still fit for purpose?

This was the question that the Fawcett Society (the UK’s leading charity campaigning for gender equality and women’s rights), together with a panel of legal and policy experts, was recently tasked with answering. Following a nine-month review, the Society has now made a number of recommendations on the following topics.

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Sex discrimination law review final report

Introducing our Immigration Practice

Immigration continues to be an area of focus for our clients as they adjust to the changing landscape brought on by Brexit, while continuing to manage a growing list of routine immigration compliance responsibilities and issues.

We understand the pressures on employers and the need for practical immigration advice and tips, information on changes and how to manage them, and commentary on future policy development and potential issues. To assist our clients and contacts we will be sharing regular immigration news updates, editorials on topics such as Brexit and immigration policy developments, upcoming deadlines and changes to be aware of, as well as invites to immigration seminars, training sessions and roundtable events.

In this immigration news update we have a news round-up, dates for your diary and employer actions, and the latest on Brexit.

https://www.dentons.com/en/insights/articles/2018/february/22/introducing-our-immigration-practice

 

Introducing our Immigration Practice