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ID Cards for Skilled Foreign Workers

ID Cards for Skilled Foreign Workers

Businesses will be able to assess the eligibility of skilled workers from outside the European Economic Area (EEA) to work in the UK from January, after the UK Borders Agency (UKBA) announced it will introduce the ID card scheme three months earlier than expected. From January, migrants from outside the EEA with a skill level of NVQ level 3 or above (those in tier 2 under the Government’s points-based system) will be issued with ID cards which employers can use to check recruits’ eligibility to work in the UK. Currently, an employer has to verify that the employee has the right to work in the UK and take a copy of their passport and other documentation. From January, they will have the option to check the ID card but will still be obliged to take a copy of it for their records.... »

Foreign Workers Reforms may Restrict Recruitment

Foreign Workers Reforms may Restrict Recruitment

Government plans to limit the number of skilled British jobs going to non-EU workers may make it harder for employers to find the recruits they need, the Forum of Private Business (FPB) has warned. From next year, businesses will be required to advertise jobs in the UK for one month (up from the current two weeks) before they can go ahead and recruit skilled non-EU workers. According to the Home Office, the move will ensure that British workers are not only first in line for jobs, but also have more time in which to apply. But the FPB has warned that the measures may make it harder for employers to find recruits with the right skills, unless education and the current JobCentre system were improved.  “It is certainly important that the domestic jobs market is made more accessible... »