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Dhruti Thakrar, Head of our Immigration team explains how the new sponsor licensing system will work and the potential challenges for businesses in a new article on the ICAEW’s website.

Employers don’t know what kind of mindset shift will be needed when it comes to recruitment post-Brexit transition period. Hiring people from Europe will not be as easy as it once was, incurring addition to the financial and administrative costs.

“There will be additional cost implications and an impact on budgets, as employers wishing to employ EU nationals will need to apply for a Sponsor Licence (for which there is an application fee payable), pay visa application fees, skills charges and IHS charges (a contribution to the NHS),” explains Dhruti Thakrar, head of immigration at law firm Edwin Coe LLP. Thakrar spoke to ICAEW Insights ahead of an ICAEW webinar, Brexit: What We Know – Labour and Personnel Issues, on 2 November.

Start planning to fill skills gaps
In the immediate aftermath of Brexit, there may be skills shortages across various industries. Employers urgently need to assess whether they have the skilled labour they need within their workforce. “Where they might have previously sourced skill shortages from the EU fairly easily, this will no longer be possible,” says Thakrar. “The most obvious sectors using skilled staff from the EU are the hospitality and construction industries, as well as the healthcare industry.

Read the full article here.

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