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Since the UK left the European Union in January 2020, there have been many developments regarding UK immigration rules, and they still continue in 2023. In this month’s Hot Topic, we will explore the changes that have already occurred in 2023 and what we can expect in the final few months of the year, all […]

Managing the Upcoming Employment Law Changes

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New data has shown that more than 90% of HR professionals don’t fully understand the implications of forthcoming changes to UK employment law. The changes, being proposed by the Government surrounding the Retained EU Law (Revocation and Reform) Bill, are daunting and confusing for many. As part of leaving the European Union, the 2018 European […]

Care worker added to the list of shortage occupations

UK Points based immigration system – update to the shortage occupation list  As you know, Brexit saw the end of the free movement of people, which meant that the way in which UK employers recruited from outside the UK significantly changed. It meant UK employers needed to use a new points-based immigration system to recruit […]

2021 Planning for the Year Ahead

2021 HR Planning for the Year Ahead | HR Solutions

With 2020 nearing its close, in this article we reflect on the challenge’s businesses have faced in 2020 and consider what we can do to plan for the year ahead. We know that we will start 2021 still working in a Covid-19 secure way, but we will also see the UK move out of the […]

Brexit: Impact on Unemployment and Recruitment 

Brexit Recruitment and Employment | HR Solutions

We have officially left the EU and are in a transition period, but it is this transition period which is key phase as it will result in how the UK and EU conduct future trade.   Negotiations are currently ongoing to determine the future relationship between the UK and EU.   The agreement will be vital in determining how Brexit impacts on the […]

Brexit: the latest implications for HR

Brexit - the latest implications for HR | HR Solutions

With most of 2020 focussing on the Covid-19 pandemic, we must not forget that the Brexit transition period ends 31 December 2020.  This hot topic article focusses on Brexit and the latest developments in terms of it’s impact on HR and managing and recruiting your people. Please note that next month’s hot topic will be […]

Government announces ‘Office for Talent’ to improve scientist immigration experience

Scientist Immigration | Office for Talent | HR Solutions

The government plans to create a new cross-departmental ‘Office for Talent’ to help leading researchers and scientists to live and work in the UK post-Brexit. Its UK Research and Development Roadmap builds on a budget previously announced in March, that will prioritise ground-breaking research, attract global talent and cut any unnecessary red tape. The aim […]

Immigration Bill returns to Parliament


Immigration Bill returns to Parliament amid accusations of hypocrisy over key workers. The Immigration Bill is part of a move towards a new points-based immigration system to determine who can come to live and work in the UK. However, the government is under growing pressure to include rules to support coronavirus key workers. The Immigration […]

Recruitment tips – raise your game

Recruitment Tips | Fixed Fee Recruitment | HR Solutions

Is it time to revisit your common approach to recruitment? In this article we look at some commonly used approaches, but with a fresh look for a fresh year ahead.   Progression planning Progression planning is a common HR strategy used to safeguard an organisation against staff shortages. Particularly for senior positions where a level understanding […]

EU settlement status scheme

EU Settlement Status Scheme | HR Solutions

Overview: subject to Brexit negotiations When the UK leaves the EU, free movement will be allowed to continue under a blanket period, running from exit date for approximately two years. This transitional period will go ahead regardless of whether or not the UK leaves with a deal, but the precise dates are subject to the […]

Settlement scheme for EU citizens – phased opening update

Settlement Scheme EU Citizens | Brexit | HR Solutions

The Home Office have been working on a scheme which allows EU citizens who are living in the UK by 31 December 2020 to obtain their new UK immigration status. This status will be needed in order to remain here permanently. The scheme will be fully open by 30 March 2019 and EU citizens and […]

IR35: private sector and Brexit

IR35: private sector and Brexit | HR Solutions

IR35 introduced to stop abuse The IR35 rules first came into force with the Finance Act 2000 with the aim of preventing contractors from avoiding paying their dues by drawing a tax-free salary from a company structure which they had created for that precise purpose. According to HMRC, someone earning £100,000 over the period of a […]

Critics warn leaked immigration proposals could see the exploitation of migrant workers

Immigration & Recruitment | HR Solutions

The government has come under fire after leaked Home Office files reveal proposals to curb low-skilled EU migration. The leaked immigration proposals also show plans for stricter ‘right to work’ checks. The controversial proposals have seen the government accused of allowing bad bosses to exploit migrants and undercutting good employers.   The leaked draft proposals […]

Could a barista visa save UK hospitality after Brexit?

Barista Visa | HR Solutions

As UK hospitality starts to panic over how it will find workers after Brexit, could a ‘barista visa’ become the solution? Over 508,000 EU nationals work in retail, wholesale, hotels and restaurants in the UK. Migrant workers make up 14% of the hospitality industry’s workforce. But once Britain leave the EU, many migrant workers may […]

Employers increase salaries and benefits to attract staff

At least four in 10 employers have raised some salaries in the hope of attracting suitable candidates, according to a survey by the Recruitment & Employment Confederation. The survey of 600 bosses revealed that 80% had re-advertised a role after failing to recruit anyone. Furthermore, 24% said they’d had to lower job requirements in order […]

Brexit fears blamed for fall in UK employment

Brexit | HR Solutions

Employment has fallen for the first time in over a year as fears over Brexit start affecting the jobs market. According to the Office for National Statistics (ONS), the employment rate slipped from a record high of 74.5% to 74.4%. The first drop since February to April 2015. Some experts suggest that the labour market […]

Britain still urgently needs migrant workers

Brexit | HR Solutions

The CBI (Confederation of British Industry) claims that Britain urgently needs migrant workers. CBI’s Director-General, Carolyn Fairbairn, has told MPs that Britain’s borders must remain open to foreign labour. The UK’s high demand for low skilled labour cannot be met without it, she argues. Much of the debate since June’s EU referendum result have centred […]

The effects of Brexit on UK job creation

Brexit | HR Solutions

Brexit has been right at the front of everyone’s mind for a number of months since the results of the UK referendum were announced. There are many ways in which the decision for the UK to leave the EU is likely to have an impact on the country as a whole in the near and […]

MPs call on Government to protect employment rights

Fixed Fee Recruitment | Employment Rights | HR Solutions

A group of MPs, made up of pro-remain supporters, are calling on Theresa May and the Government to provide commitments to workers and employers, that employment rights provided under the EU, would be still be protected following Brexit. There is serious concern that some of these rights would end after the UK leaves the EU, unless […]

Over half a million EU citizens to leave the UK post Brexit

Brexit | HR Solutions

Research by independent think tank The Social Market Foundation (SMF) has revealed that 590,000 EU citizens resident in the UK, would not be eligible to stay in the country post Brexit. If Article 50 is activated in 2017 and the UK quits the EU by 2019, this could see the equivalent of the population of […]

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