With Brexit on the horizon and the UK leaving the EU in March 2019, it’s understandable that those among our candidates here at 24-7 Staffing who are EU citizens are concerned about their future.
The 24-7 Staffing team are politically neutral, but we do have to look at the implications of Brexit as a responsible recruitment company and as an employer.
So we have been having long, in-depth discussions about how we can reassure our candidates who are EU citizens and help them plan for their future after March next year.
One option, which we are considering for a number of our EU migrant candidates who are concerned about their future residency in the UK, is to offer permanent contracts.
The details of this have yet to be finalised, but those who meet certain criteria may be offered this as an alternative to temporary woker contracts.
The situation of EU migrant workers is a very hot topic in the recruitment sector in general, so we are looking to other recruiters to see what steps they plan to take, so we can share best practice.
Our primary concern is always for the welfare of our candidates, our staff and of course our clients, for whom we fulfil a vital recruitment role, across our sectors of driving, industrial, commercial and healthcare.
Help for EU citizens working in the UK
The government has recently announced a new scheme to give EU citizens living in the UK greater peace of mind and security.
EU citizens will be able to apply for settled status in three easy steps for less than the price of a passport, under new ‘settlement scheme’ plans outlined by Immigration Minister Caroline Nokes.
Details can be found here. Applicants will need to prove their identity, show that that they live in the UK, and declare that they have no serious criminal convictions.
It is proposed that an application will cost £65, and £32.50 for a child under 16. Those who already have valid permanent residence or indefinite leave to remain documentation will be able to exchange it for settled status for free.
The Home Office will check the employment and benefit records held by government which will mean that, for many, their proof of residence will be automatic.
Those who have not yet lived in the UK for five years will be granted pre-settled status and be able to apply for settled status once they reach the five-year point. From April 2019, this second application will be free of charge.
It is good news that on a national level and locally – such as here at 24-7 Staffing – reassurance is being provided. Our EU citizens form an important part of our candidate community.
If you are an EU citizen looking for employment opportunities, then please get in touch with the team here at 24-7 Staffing.