What does Brexit mean for the recruitment industry

Brexit for businesses: How will the changes affect recruitment?

With COVID dominating both the news and the attention of many businesses, we’re here to reassure our clients that behind the scenes, we have been preparing for that other headline-stealing topic… Brexit.

We want to give our clients total peace of mind on all recruitment matters, including the changes due to take effect over the next few months.

As members of the REC (Recruitment & Employment Confederation), we have a continuous stream of reliable industry-related information to ensure we are always up to date with the latest news on all things Brexit.

Our Head of Operations and Compliance, Regional Director Kerry Chapman, has taken the lead on ensuring we are prepared for the year ahead and the changes it will bring. We believe that ensuring our teams are educated and our candidates and clients are kept informed is of utmost importance. So here’s a brief summary of all our Post-Brexit preparation and plans.

  • Information leaflets have been attached to all our temporary workers’ payslips, advising them of the changes coming into force from January 2021 and the requirement to gain Pre or Settled Status by June 2021. These are being sent out at set intervals to ensure we contact new and existing/returning candidates.
  • Posters promoting the EU Settlement Scheme have been on display in reception areas of all offices since the scheme was announced. Relevant content has been shared virtually via Social Media since our offices have been closed to the Public due to the pandemic.
  • From January 2021 any non-EU Workers will be required to have a Visa in advance of travel and copies will be requested at registration.
  • We will complete internal branch audits and run reports from January to identify the proportion of the temporary workers we are currently supplying who would still need to apply for settled status.
  • All existing EU candidates after 1st July 2021 will be required to provide their DirectGov Share Code, confirming their Pre or Settled Status and this will form part of the registration process.
  • After the 30th June candidates will no longer be able to register with us without proof of status or a Work Visa.
  • We will expand our links with Colleges, Universities, Jobcentre plus, training centres and local authority teams supporting unemployed candidates to identify alternative sources of labour supply if the amount of EU nationals decreases in the future.
  • Training sessions for our consultants have already taken place, with further training scheduled on a regular and ongoing basis. This will include sessions on the new points-based immigration scheme so that our teams are fully prepared to advise both clients and candidates on this new scheme.

Here at Proactive, we’re dedicated to taking the stress out of recruiting and will continue to work hard to ensure we offer a truly first-class service, with honesty, integrity, knowledge and ethics at its core. More information on Brexit and the new Immigration system can be found on the gov.uk website.

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