Tags: work permit

Increases in Visa fees are “bitter blow” to businesses

The CBI today commented on a written ministerial statement proposing an increase in visa fees, and an increase in UK-based visa application fees. Neil Carberry, CBI Director for Employment and Skills policy, said: “The shock announcement that some work permit charges will rise between 20 and 60 per cent will come as a bitter blow…

Firms hit hard by immigration constraints

Nearly half of companies who employ non-EU workers have reported a negative impact on business as a result of the immigration cap. The problem has been made worse by an increasing skills gap, claim King’s College London and law firm Speechly Bircham. The number of organisations experiencing a shortage of key staff rose to one…

The government has responded to a claim by the Association of Professional Staffing Companies that the Tier 2 (Intra company transfer) category of the points-based system is providing a loophole for Indian IT companies to bring foreign workers into the UK. Under an intra-company transfer, an employer can fill vacancies in its UK operations by…

The number of migrant workers from outside the EU employed in the Republic of Ireland has fallen by 41 per cent in just one year, it is reported. According to the Irish times, this trend may be due in part to the government’s introduction of new restrictions on issuing work permits, teamed with the impact…

Eight Israeli illegal workers have been removed from the UK after they were caught selling hair and beauty products to Christmas shoppers at Cribbs Causeway. We will not turn a blind eye to foreign nationals working in the UK without permission. Jane Farleigh, Wales and the South West Regional Director, UK Border Agency   Acting…

The Chief Executive of the Association of Graduate Recruiters, Carl Gilleard, today (Monday 30 November) announced the organisation’s plans for 2010. Speaking to AGR members at the Annual General Meeting in London he outlined his vision against the backdrop of a ‘challenging year ahead’ in the HR sector. He stressed that despite the difficult economic…

HRreview has compiled a selection of interesting videos focussed on emplying and vetting non-UK nationals, including:
The Point’s Based System: A comprehensive guide to the UK’s new system for those wanting to live and work in the UK
The UK Boarder Agency: the new UK Border Agency is working to strengthen the country’s borders, overseeing immigration, customs and citizenship.

The Points-Based System for granting Work Permits to non-EU workers, said to have been rushed by the Government is having unexpected effects on companies looking to recruit from overseas. Despite being under development since the 2005 election, the system was introduced “without proper consultation”, according to Nichola Carter, a partner at Penningtons, and representative of…

Changes to UK employment law which introduced a tough Australian-style points system for foreign workers have been hailed an early success. The Home Office revealed that 4,875 firms have so far registered as sponsors with the scheme, which aims to ensure only skilled migrant workers who meet the country’s specific needs are allowed to enter.…

Adjusting the recruitment process to migrant workers, a case study by David Price, Director of Anglo-Polish. Anglo-Polish is one of the UK’s fastest growing recruitment companies, specialising in placing Polish workers into the construction and demolition sectors.