Brexit will change the labour market
The status of 3.8 million EEA nationals living in the UK and UK nationals living in Europe will change, as will the rights of UK nationals to travel, live and work freely across the EU.
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Employing European nationals
EEA nationals who arrive in the UK before Brexit will have the right to remain. They can apply for Settled Status via the government website and they have until the 30 June 2021 to apply.
Recruiting from the EU after Brexit
In the event of no trade deal, the UK may implement a new temporary system for EEA nationals if there are any delays in implementing their proposed changes to the immigration system due in January 2021.
Current right to work checks (which includes Settled and Pre-Settled Status) remain unchanged until at least January 2021.
EEA nationals arriving after 31 December 2020 will be able to enter the UK with continued rights to work and live in the UK being derived from transitional arrangements, or the new immigration laws.
The rules governing UK workers’ rights to work in each EU member state will be specific to each country. There may be visa requirements and temporary work permits needed for UK workers to take up international secondments in the EU/EEA. The UK Government has issued country-by-country guidance which includes information on areas such as social security and work permits.
Three things you can do now
Ensure your employees in the UK are aware of their right to remain and apply before the deadline – and that UK nationals working in the EU are aware of the steps they need to take.
Review social security positions
Post-Transition, EU regulations will no longer apply and instead organisations will need to consider underlying bilateral social security agreements. These agreements may not offer the same protection as the current EU regulations and may be reviewed and amended. You should:
- – review your social security position to ensure coverage and avoid paying in two locations
- – assist with relevant social security applications in home/host locations.
Upskill your current workforce
In the medium term, if organisations can’t retain their workforce, especially if they have historically recruited a number of EU citizens, the amount of labour in the market could reduce. The employment market will become candidate-driven and employers will have to be offering something different to differentiate themselves in the market.
Ensure that your workforce have the necessary skills to deal with future changes as a result of Brexit.
- – Use your apprenticeship levy to re-train talent from different places
- – Review your employee value proposition to ensure you are retaining the best talent
- – Review your employer brand and recruitment strategy to ensure you are differentiating yourself in the market
- – Review your reward and benefits approach to ensure you are attracting and retaining talent