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Recruitment and the Resident Labour Market

We help employers navigate the complexities of labour market recruitment and sponsorship obligations.

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Employers have to understand the resident labour market and who to prioritise for employment.

Employers are obliged to undertake a genuine test of the resident labour market (“RLMT”) before agreeing to sponsor foreign nationals into skilled UK based positions. Roles must be advertised externally in at least two approved forum, including the Government’s own job site, for specified amounts of time before a contract of employment can be offered to a foreign national.

The resident labour market includes the United Kingdom, the Common Travel Area and the European Economic Area. This is likely to remain the case at least until conclusion of the Brexit transition period.

Preference must be given to settled workers (i.e. those individuals with indefinite leave to remain or right of abode) as well as to British passport holders.

We help employers understand the requirements of Tier 2 sponsorship policy as regards external recruitment, ensuring compliance and maintaining the integrity of sponsors in relation to Home Office officials.

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Further Adjustments to UK Immigration Criteria

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Legal Right to Work Checks

The Home Office has issued new guidance on Legal Right To Work (LRTW) checks in light of COVID-19. The key points are that as of 30 March 2020 the following temporary changes have been made: Checks can now be carried out over video calls Job applicants and existing workers can send scanned documents or a…

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COVID-19

The UK Home Office has issued further guidance in respect of immigration provisions for UK migrants both inside and outside of the UK, in light of COVID-19. Migrants currently in the UK Visas expiring between 24 January 2020 – 31 May 2020 Individuals who are in the UK legally and whose UK visa is due…

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