Brexit is fast approaching, infact it’s now less than 10 months away! On 29th March 2019, Britain leaves the EU which will have a big impact on businesses across the UK that currently employ EU citizens.
There’s still a lot of uncertainty around the subject of EU workers’ rights, with many businesses confused as to what is happening. In this post, we take a look at what’s been agreed so far, when it comes into force, and what employers can be doing now to prepare for a post-Brexit world.
EU citizens and residents – the rights
At the end of 2017, the UK government reached an agreement with the EU on some of the rights of citizens who are already in the UK when Brexit happens.
These are as follows:
Into Transition – rights to 2020 explained
In March, the UK and EU also came to an agreement on a transition period after Brexit. This will last for 21 months, finishing at the end of 2020.
During this period of transition, the following rights were agreed:
Post Brexit – What’s happening?
Unfortunately, there is a lot of uncertainty about the working environment for EU citizens after the end of the transition period. At the time of writing (May 2018), there has been no firm decision on the working rights of EU citizens post-Brexit.
We do however, expect the introduction of a White Paper on Immigration in autumn 2018 that will set out provide further information and details. The government has also promised to introduce an easy online application process for EU citizens, to be launched in the second half of 2018.
Taking action – planning for Brexit
Legally, neither EU citizens, nor UK employers have to do anything at the moment. However, the clock is ticking, and it makes sense to take appropriate planning steps to minimise disruption and mitigate risk of loss of labour ahead of Brexit.
This might include:
Dependable recruitment support and expert advice from Prestige
At Prestige Recruitment, we have an excellent track record in supporting businesses across a range of industries with all their personnel needs. As Brexit approaches, we’re here to ensure our clients have the labour and skills required to minimise the potential impact of the changing EU worker regulations.
Whether it’s for temporary, permanent or seasonal labour, we take a proactive approach to personnel. Keeping on top of the latest changes in legislation, we work with our clients to design, implement and deliver an effective recruitment strategy that fits requirements exactly.
Where clients need large volumes of low-skilled workers, we push hard to fill these roles quickly, conducting targeted, localised recruitment drives and active marketing programmes that are proven to deliver results.
For additional information, or proactive recruitment support, contact your local Prestige office today.