Government Needs To Prioritise Employer Needs With New Immigration System Screening Industry News

There is no doubt that a new immigration system will be introduced to the UK following the Conservative victory in the general election, but how that system will work is still up for discussion.

Onrec shared the comments of Gerwyn Davies, senior labour market adviser for the CIPD, who discussed the latest labour market figures from the Office for National Statistics (ONS). This data shows that the unemployment rate in the UK is at its lowest level in 45 years.

Recruiter revealed that there are now fewer than 800,000 job vacancies listed, taking this total to its lowest level in over two years.

Mr Davies explained that although there are high employment rates in the UK, the rate of employment growth has “significantly slowed” in recent months.

He stressed that it’s essential the government’s post-Brexit immigration policy “prioritises employers’ skills and labour needs”.

Mr Davies added that it’s “imperative” that the new policy “does not impose unreasonable restrictions on employers given the prevalence of skill shortages”.

Changes to immigration policy in the coming year may mean that more companies need assistance with right to work checks on employees that they’re hiring from overseas.

Matt Weston, managing director at Robert Half UK, told Recruiter that the UK’s employment market is very much a “buyer’s market”, with the most in-demand professionals often receiving multiple offers of employment from competing organisations.

That means businesses need to make sure that not only can they offer an attractive package to employees, but also that they “create a positive recruitment experience”. Mr Weston noted that “professionals are forming their opinions on the role from the very start of the job application process, through to the interview process and offer stage”.