Business Immigration

26 July 2019

UK farmers demand more workers for the summer season

As we head into the summer months, spare a thought for overworked UK farmers who at the peak of the harvesting season are struggling to recruit the workers they need.  The National Farmers’ Union has long been lobbying hard for added flexibility in recruitment of non-EEA nationals given the growth in the sector. 

Marcia Longdon

28 June 2019

Home Secretary asks the MAC to think again on post-Brexit salary thresholds

The Migration Advisory Committee (MAC) is the independent body tasked with advising the government on UK immigration policy.  In September 2018, the MAC produced its 140 page report with recommendations for the future post-Brexit immigration system.  

Tim Richards

14 December 2018

Pigs in blankets shortage - how Brexit is threatening to ruin Christmas lunch

Following my blog about labour shortages in the agricultural industry, the government has now announced that it will be launching a “seasonal workers” visa pilot scheme.  The aim of this visa is to enable fruit and vegetable farmers to employ non-EU workers for seasonal work, for up to 6 months at a time.  But has the Government overlooked a crucial issue by limiting this new visa to horticulture workers? 

Josephine Burnett

14 May 2018

Restricted Certificate of Sponsorship requests exceed 4,000 in April, against a quota of 2,200 – is it time to reconsider the 20,700 cap?

Data obtained from a freedom of information request shows that in April 2018 a total of 4,325 restricted CoS requests were made, against a quota of only 2,200. Therefore in April’s round of requests more than 2,000 were unsuccessful.

Emma Fowler

21 March 2018

Is the restricted Certificate of Sponsorship process fit for purpose?

Over the last 5 months employers have advertised their roles and, having found nobody suitable in the resident workforce, made requests for a restricted Certificate of Sponsorship (CoS) for various roles.

Emma Fowler

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