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Increase to fines for employing illegal workers

Employment Law

Mid last year, the Government passed draft legislation that will increase financial penalties for businesses that are found to be employing illegal workers.  Under the draft ‘Immigration (Employment of Adults Subject to Immigration Control) (Maximum Penalty) (Amendment) Order 2023’, it sets out that the fine will increase from £15,000 to £45,000 for the first breach.  […]


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 […]

Immigration Update

You will be aware from our previous immigration updates that under the skilled worker visa, there is a classification system that defines the standard occupation codes and a shortage occupation list (SOL). These codes are a common classification of occupational information and apply to occupations on the SOL. The Migration Advisory Committee (MAC) ensures that […]

The Latest Developments within Immigration

Since the introduction of the points-based immigration system, we have continued to see developments in how employers recruit from outside the UK. In this hot topic, we look at the recent developments and what is expected in the future. Webinar: Immigration – the latest developments On Thursday 14 July from 10 am – 11 am […]

New visa schemes to enter the UK to work

The government have introduced new visas for working in the UK. Global business mobility visa This Global business mobility visa which came into force 11 April 2022 provides an individual with the option of five different routes in which they can apply to work in the UK under this scheme: Senior or specialist worker This […]

Points Based Immigration System

Summary The free movement of people within the EU to the UK will ended on 31 December 2020 and from 1 January 2021 a new points based immigration system was introduced, which will treat EU and non-EU citizens equally in terms of working in the UK.   This article explains how the new system. What is […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Stricter Visa Rules for UK Employers


The number of highly skilled migrant workers coming in to the UK has been steadily falling following the implementation of tighter visa rules in 2011 according to a new study by the Migration Observatory. UK employers are suffering from the effects of tighter visa restrictions shrinking the pool of available talent, according to a new study […]

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