Now that we have some indication of the path to normality, talent acquisition professionals will be focussed on the challenges that Brexit and Covid-19 have presented to candidate availability.
Non UK/IRL candidates now fall into four categories:
- Awarded Settled or pre settled status. No restrictions.
- Qualified to apply for (1) but not yet applied. Deadline is June 30th 2021. Not available for employment.
- Visa required. Candidate will need 70 points to qualify. Can only work for businesses that have sponsor status.
- Non UK students awarded a UK degree from 2021 – 2 year permit.
Up to 1.3 million overseas nationals left the UK in 2020 according to Personnel Today and most cannot return to the UK at this time.
The challenges for 2021, therefore, are:
- Can you attract candidates from category 1? There will be a salary premium as they recognise their increased rarity/value.
- Have you audited your employees in order to ensure category 2 are moving to category 1?
- Does your organisation have sponsor status? The process takes 8 weeks.
- How will you secure your future supply of multilingual talent in the long term?
Q. Professionals with language skills have always been in short supply – can they be exempted from some of the visa requirements?
A. No. Despite lobbying from such organisations as The Association of Translation companies linguists are not recognised as having a protected or shortage characteristic.
Q. Can you find us a candidate that will work from home in their home countries?
A. Yes but you will need to set up payroll in that country. If your staff have gone back to their home country and they are furloughed or are working from home you may have significant tax liability.