Future skills-based immigration policy

The government’s white paper on a future post-Brexit immigration policy outlines proposals that look set to have a dramatic impact on organisations employing low-skilled workers. 

The end of EU free movement will see EU citizens become subject to the full reach and force of the UK immigration rules and any EEA nationals wanting to come to the UK, under the new regime, will have to apply for and secure the relevant permission. The new rules, different rights and revised processes, if implemented, will be the biggest shake-up in the UK’s immigration regime since it joined the European Union.

What would the impact of a 30k minimum salary threshold be on your organisation? 

David Frost, Chief Executive of London Chamber of Commerce and Industry, recently commented that

‘in the first half of 2019 businesses that tried to recruit encountered difficulties securing candidates with the right skills.’

further adding the importance that after Brexit ‘the UK’s immigration policy does not make the domestic skills challenge worse.’

Lorne Vary, Chief Financial & Business Development Officer recently commented that the £30,000 salary threshold is ‘yet another slap across the face for UK manufacturers’ and warned that it would

‘erode diversity within the workplace, increase recruiting competition, pushing salary budgets to the limit, as employers battle to secure the right candidates with the right skills and behaviours.’

We want to hear your views on 30k minimum salary threshold and other proposals including those listed below, to help inform the CIPD’s response to the future skills-based immigration system consultation. 

  • How can the government mitigate the cost and administrative burden of a future post-Brexit immigration policy? 
  • How are you going to respond if you are unable to recruit non-UK nationals in the same numbers as before? 
  • How have you been responding to the fall in EU net migration since the Leave vote so far?

Join us to share your views

We are holding a roundtable discussion on Monday, 12 August 2019 from 17:45 to 20:00 in central Manchester. Particularly suitable for Immigration specialists and senior HR professionals we want your voice to be heard.

Whether you are a small, medium or large business, a growth driver of the Manchester economy, established or starting out with a desire to succeed in growing your business, creating jobs and prosperity and attracting investment into the area your views matter.

Discuss your concerns with influential figures

The CIPD is a member of the Employers’ Advisory Group on immigration and participates in discussions on policy, system design and implementation. Gerwyn Davies, Public Policy Adviser at the CIPD will lead the roundtable, accompanied by Heather Rolfe (National Institute of Economic and Social Research) and Louise Haycock (Partner, Fragomen LLP).

This is your opportunity to have your say on the proposals outlined in the UK’s future skills-based immigration system white paper, so bring your views, your questions and your concerns to share. Our roundtable takes place under the Chatham House Rule which means you can speak openly in the knowledge that neither your identity nor your affiliation will be shared.

Venue & Refreshments

We have chosen Ziferblat Edge Street for our roundtable as it is an ideal venue for after-work meetings. Help yourself to the refreshments available free of charge. On offer, 43 different kinds of tea, special Ziferblend coffee, hot chocolate and soft drinks. There’s never any shortage of cakes, biscuits, brownies, fruits, breads or cereals. You can also make use of the kitchen area to make yourself a toastie or sandwich.

We look forward to welcoming you,

Emma Brookes
Public Policy Adviser
CIPD Manchester Branch

About our speakers

Gerwyn Davies, (Public Policy Advisor CIPD). 
Gerwyn advises on a wide range of labour market issues. With lead responsibility for welfare reform, migration and zero-hour contracts at the CIPD, Gerwyn has led and shaped the policy debate and achieved substantial national media coverage through his publications. In addition, Gerwyn authors the CIPD’s high profile and influential quarterly Labour Market Outlook. Gerwyn is an experienced labour market commentator, making regular appearances in the national media and on other public platforms, including several appearances before the House of Commons Work and Pensions select committee.

Gerwyn on Twitter @Davies_Gerwyn

Heather Rolfe (National Institute of Economic and Social Research) 
Heather’s immigration research focuses on employers’ use of migrant labour and skills and workable immigration policies.

Louise Haycock (Partner, Fragomen LLP) 
Louise attends a variety of working groups with government officials to represent the needs of employers and is working with clients to prepare for a new immigration regime in the UK to ensure that they remain employers of choice for a migrant workforce. 

Date & Time
Monday, 12 August 2019
17:45 to 20:00 (BST)

Ziferblat Edge Street
23 Edge Street
M4 1HW Manchester

Through its independent research and insights, the CIPD influences policy and practice to ensure that work benefits everyone – making the CIPD a trusted adviser to individuals, employers, media and policy makers.

Location Manchester, England E-mail manchester@cipdbranch.co.uk Hours Our hours vary according to our programme.
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