Can't get the staff: the rules for hiring from overseas after Brexit - Kim Vowden quoted in the Caterer

8 January 2021

Kim Vowden, Senior Associate in our Immigration team, was quoted in the Caterer, on 18 December 2020. Kim was discussing the changes and new rules for EU immigration and the effects they have on how the industry hires.

Companies are not allowed to pass on the immigration skills charge to the individual. The Home Office rules are that if they try and do that, they’ll lose their [sponsor] licence. You need to take the hit as the employer. It’s designed to discourage employers from sponsoring foreign workers. That’s why the immigration skills charge is so high,” he said.

The English test [for a Skilled Worker visa] includes reading and writing as well as speaking and listening. So it may act as a barrier to bringing in people for short-term cover.”

The full article from the Caterer can be read here (subscription required)

Further information

Should you have an queries regarding the issues raised in this blog please contact Kim or any member of  our immigration team.


About the author

Kim covers all areas of business immigration. He has extensive experience of advising companies in the finance, media and technology sectors.  He has a particular interest in European free movement law and in the implications of Brexit for EU citizens living in the UK, and for their employers.


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