Recruiter magazine 19 February 2020 – Graham Simons
The Home Office announced that the points based scheme, effective from 1 January 2021, will assign points for specific skills, qualifications, salaries or professions, and visas will only be awarded to those who gain enough points.
Migrate UK was asked for their advice for recruiters.
Karendeep Kaur, senior immigration consultant at Migrate UK, told Recruiter the proposals present recruiters and employers with two options:
- To continue recruiting from overseas into the UK before 31 December 2020. This includes the lower skilled workforce however this approach is not so easy for seasonal workers;
- Plan ahead and obtain a sponsor licence before the year ends.
“From 1 January 2021, employing an EU national to the UK will require sponsorship, and this is only possible with a sponsor licence in place. Alternatively, employers can invest in their current staff members and move towards automated technology. There is an issue as to whether the wages offered to the lower-skilled workforce will be attractive to the resident labour market. The government hopes to steer employers towards utilising the available workforce in the UK; this is not only British workers, but those dependants of skilled migrants in the UK who could be available to fill lower-skilled jobs.”
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