LOST IN YOUR BREXIT HIRING PLANS? FIND YOUR WAY WITH OUR 2021 RECRUITMENT OVERVIEW

Posted on 2nd November 2020

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Coronavirus may have taken the focus off Brexit, but we need to re-visit the latest details of the UK's ongoing departure from the European Union. From the new year onwards, the rules around hiring from the EU, or elsewhere outside the UK, will change. Employers will need a sponsorship licence, bringing with it a number of challenges including additional costs and a lengthy application process. However, These new challenges also offer an opportunity to re-assess hiring strategies to increase cost savings, boost business flexibility and prevent skills gaps, vital in such uncertain times. Read on through our 2021 Recruitment Overview or click here to download the PDF.


SUMMARY

Pink clock icon NEW CHALLENGES & SKILLS GAPS

From 1st Jan 2021, employers will need a sponsorship licence to hire staff from the EU, presenting a series of time and cost considerations with potential skills gaps.


Pink calculator icon NEW UK-BASED SKILLED HIRING

Increasing internal promotions and hiring from UK-based talent pools could help avoid new additional costs.


Pink pages icon REFILLING SUPPORT ROLES

Internal up-skilling could also create a need to replace support roles in your business. New hires and temporary appointments could be useful in this respect.


Pink tick icon BOOSTING OFFICE SUPPORT

A drive on general office support roles from UK-based candidates could also help avoid new minimum hiring requirements from overseas in the new year.


Pink calendar icon HOW WE CAN HELP

We are perfectly positioned to make your new hiring strategy as seamless and successful as possible.


Pink computer mouse icon KEY ONLINE RESOURCES

A range of online resources and articles are available to help your business plan for the upcoming changes.






NEW CHALLENGES




Pink clock icon HAVE YOU NOTED THE DEADLINES?

The UK's official departure back in January marked the start of the 'transition period', also called the 'implementation' or 'withdrawal' period. This period will end on 31st December!


Pink clock icon DID YOU KNOW HIRING WILL CHANGE?

From the 1st Jan 2021, UK employers wishing to hire staff from the EU (or elsewhere outside the UK) will need a sponsorship licence.


Pink clock icon THE UPCOMING CHALLENGES

The new visa application process will create a number of key issues for employers including:

• Lengthy application period (typically lasting 8 weeks).
• A points-based system with a series of minimum salary
thresholds and other considerations.
• Several charges including a visa application fee as well as an immigration skills charge and a healthcare surcharge.


Pink clock icon THE SKILLS GAP

EU nationals current make up 7% of the UK's workforce with representation across both low and middle skilled roles(1). Upcoming overseas hiring issues could present a significant skills gaps for UK employers. (1)Source: rec.uk.com/our-view/topics/brexit/Brexit-what-you-need-to-know


Pink clock icon NEW OPPORTUNITIES

These issues offer an opportunity to re-assess hiring strategies to increase cost savings, boost business flexibility and prevent skills gaps, vital in such uncertain times.






NEW UK-BASED SKILLED HIRING




Pink clock icon EFFICIENCY & COST SAVINGS

Filling skilled vacancies from the UK candidate market could offer various benefits.

• A faster hiring process will offer greater business flexibility.
• The removal of sponsorship application fees and other charges could also benefit businesses trying to minimise costs under difficult market conditions.
• Implementing such strategies now could be advantageous in avoiding a potential increase in demand in the new year.


Pink clock icon INTERNAL PROMOTIONS

Employers also have the option to up-skill, train and promote members of their existing teams into higher level roles, also avoiding application fees and streamlining the process.






'REFILLING' GAPS FROM PROMOTIONS




Pink clock icon FILLING THE GAPS

If employers promote existing staff, this will leave gaps in their support roles, which will need re-filling. This process will need to be done with minimum disruption to the existing teams.


Pink clock icon UTILISING TEMPORARY STAFF

Disruption could also be minimised by using temporary workers. This could be with a view to potentially become permanent positions or remain temporary until new permanent employees are found.


BOOSTING OFFICE SUPPORT

Even without needing to replace promoted team members, many businesses may need to boost their emphasis on UK talent pools to avoid the new minimum overseas salary level thresholds and skill requirements.






HOW WE CAN HELP




Pink clock icon WILL YOUR HIRING PLANS BE AFFECTED?

With EU nationals making up over 7% of the UK's workforce, many UK businesses are accustomed to hiring from the EU with ease. If your long-term hiring plans continue to look overseas, then now is the time to re-asses your strategy.


Pink clock icon HELPING RE-ALLIGN YOUR HIRING STRATEGY TO UK TALENT POOLS

You may decide to switch your hiring efforts to focus on UK candidates for skilled candidates as well as support roles. We are perfectly positioned as experts in the local candidate market to find you the best talent available.


Pink clock icon A NETWORK OF THOUSANDS

We have a unique network of over 20,000 local candidates and a wider network with hundreds of candidate referrals for varied positions. We frequently provide talented, Kent-based candidates for a range of business roles including those in administration, customer service, account management, marketing, HR, IT, middle and senior management through to director level appointments and more. We also represent a large volume of candidates looking specifically for temporary roles in the local area.


Pink clock icon SPECIALISED EXPERTISE

Our team are also recruitment specialists in key industries, providing an extra layer of expertise to help you boost your hiring strategy.


Pink clock icon YOUR FREE RECRUITMENT HEALTH CHECK

We are also able to provide a free recruitment health check for your business, advising on the areas that may be most affected by Brexit and the suggested best routes forward. For more information contact info@netboxrecruitment.com or call 01732 671 121 - option 2.






KEY ONLINE RESOURCES




A range of online resources and articles are available to help your business plan for the upcoming changes to recruiting non-UK workers after 1st January 2021. We recommend taking a look at the links below as a highlight of just a few of the resources available.


gov.uk/guidance/recruiting-people-from-outside-the-uk-from-1-january-2021
gov.uk/government/publications/uk-points-based-immigration-system-employer-information
sage.com/en-gb/blog/how-will-brexit-affect-businesses/
rec.uk.com/our-view/topics/brexit/Brexit-what-you-need-to-know






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