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Brexit and the future of Recruitment

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Since the UK left the EU customs union and single market, there is no longer a "one size fits all" for trading with the EU. There will be significant levels of complexity for businesses to navigate as the UK now trades with the 27 different member states in-which different rules apply.

Hiring overseas staff, data handling, business travelling/ mobility and mutual recognition of professional qualifications are all areas affected by these recent changes. The Government website offers a checker tool to quickly identify the information you need to be aware of. 

Perhaps the most significant change for recruiters is the end of free movement. The new Points-based Immigration System is now in place, and details on the EU visa policy for different countries can be found here. Irish nationals will not require a visa to work in the UK, and EEA nationals that arrived in the UK before 31 December 2020 remain eligible for the EU Settlement Scheme. The Skilled Worker route is open for those with a job offer from a licenced sponsor. Skill level RQF 3 or above (A-Level and equivalent), and English proficiency to a required standard and minimum salary threshold are required for an individual to be eligible for sponsorship. The REC’s key concerns remain the lack of low-skilled and temporary worker routes and the fact that employment businesses cannot sponsor workers on behalf of their clients. Information on Changes in Right to Work checks are now available.