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Brexit - Will you be facing a Skills Shortage?

The Immigration Act 2020 was passed into law on 11th November 2020, consequently the new UK Immigration Points Based System will definitely come into law from 1st January 2021. Organisations will therefore need a sponsor licence to sponsor and recruit anybody from outside the UK, or anyone without settlement status.

Employers are being called to submit their applications for a sponsor licence as soon as possible as the process can take up to three months, and some candidates are already checking whether potential employers hold a licence at the interview stage.

From 1st January 2021, anyone you recruit from outside the UK for the Skilled Worker route will need to demonstrate that:

· they have a job offer from a Home Office licensed sponsor

· they speak English at the required level

· the job offer is at the required skill level of RQF3 or above (equivalent to A level)

· they’ll be paid at least £25,600 or the ‘going rate’ for the job offer, whichever is higher.

Workers may also enter the UK if they can demonstrate that they have a job offer in a specific shortage occupation or a PhD relevant to the job as long as the salary is no lower than £20,480 a year.

Action to take now:

  1. Apply for a sponsor licence

  2. Check that your current EEA workers have settlement status - they have until 30th June 2021 to apply.

  3. Forecast your staffing and skill requirements for the next 12 months where possible.

If you are concerned that Brexit may result in a skill shortage within your company, then there are many steps that you can take including:

  1. Create a strong employer brand by emphasising your company’s values

  2. Increase your employee retention by examining your employee experience from recruitment, to induction, and what it is like to work for you

  3. Remove non-essential requirements, for instance having a degree as you may be happy to train the right individual

  4. Consider candidates with transferable skills

  5. Offer apprenticeships

  6. Develop your employees

  7. Use Artificial Intelligence to undertake repetitive work

If you would like further information regarding the topics discussed, please contact Kerris at or 07753 743468.

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