From 1 January 2021, no cap on the number of people recruited from overseas. Jonathan Beech interviewed by HR Magazine

Jul 14, 2020

Points-based immigration update leaves more questions unanswered

Written by Beau Jackson, published 14 July 2020

HR Magazine – read the whole article here

From 1 January 2021, there will be no cap on the number of people that can be recruited from overseas and there will be no need to advertise the vacancies. This will make the process quicker for sponsor licence holders.

The Home Office has committed to working with specialists to draw up a list of shortage occupations so higher points can be awarded to those professionals most in demand.

From 1 Jan 2021, no cap on number that can be recruited from overseas

Jonathan Beech

Jonathan Beech, Migrate UK’s Managing Director, told HR magazine that he is concerned that changes to the licence application process are not being communicated by the Home Office. This could mean that employers looking to hire overseas next year will be unprepared.

“Considering less than 3% of UK employers have a licence, this is going to be a huge task for employers and the Home Office to undertake.”

Beech also noted the lack of immigration routes for those industries considered “lower skilled” such as hospitality.

“It is likely that sectors such as hospitality and agriculture will need to attract overseas students. The proposed Graduate Route to be introduced from the summer of 2021 will give international students the opportunity to stay in the UK to work or look for work after they graduate for at least 2-3 years.”

Media interest from yesterday:

Points-based immigration system detail revealed – Personnel Today speaks to Jonathan Beech

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From 1 Jan 2021, no cap on number that can be recruited from overseas

Karen Kaur and Jonathan Beech