How immigration rules will change hiring across the UK

Mar 3, 2021

How immigration rules will change hiring across the UK

On December 31, 2020, free movement with the European Union ended and the UK has since introduced a points-based immigration system. According to the Government’s website, the points-based system will treat EU and non-EU citizens equally and aims to attract those who can positively contribute to the UK’s economy.

Meaning, anyone hired to work in the UK from outside of the UK must now meet certain requirements and request permission for entry. For businesses, this will have created many follow-on questions on how to manage talent pipelines, plug skills gaps, and hiring in general.


A blog from a London-based accountancy firm, Barnes Roffe, talked about the recruitment impact of new immigration rules. They stated that the impact that this could have on workforces and employers is likely to be situational and will differ from business to business.

Now that businesses are no longer able to rely on recruitment from the EU to fill “low” skilled and mid-level roles, businesses will need to adapt recruitment strategies to source the talent they will need in the future.

Because of this, retaining top talent should become even more of a top priority for employers. Thought should be given to planning long-term strategies around how vacancies can be filled to ensure that employers aren’t left struggling to fill gaps.

Now that freedom of movement between the UK and EU had ended, hiring workers from abroad will likely become a complex and time-consuming process for employers which is something for employers to consider when hiring in the near future. Firms must either familiarise themselves with the complex changes to Immigration or focus on hires from local talent pools.

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