Employment: More applicants now from non-EU countries than EU countries ahead of Brexit

Recent research has indicated that the number of applications from non-EU countries for UK-based roles now outweighs the number of EU applicants.

The shift comes as the UK prepares to leave the European Union at the end of the Brexit transition deal on 31 December 2020, with free movement under the EU’s agreement set to end on 1 January 2021.

After this date, candidates from EU and non-EU countries will receive the same treatment under the new visa application scheme, with employers needing to be aware of the changes.

Interest generated in UK roles from non-EU applicants has increased by 19.7 per cent, while interest from EU workers has risen by 1.3 per cent in the last year, meaning that for the first time in six years, non-EU workers have registered more interest in UK jobs than EU workers.

The UK’s new points-based immigration system is now live, with employers looking to recruit under the new system being required to obtain a sponsor licence to employ individuals from outside of the UK.

Jack Kennedy, UK Economist at Indeed, said: Despite the pandemic’s hammer blow to the UK economy, the UK’s jobs market is still attractive to foreign workers. But as the free movement to the UK for EU citizens ends, interest is increasingly coming from further afield.

“The introduction of the UK’s new points-based entry system, which places both EU and non-EU workers on the same footing, may be partly behind the increased interest from jobseekers outside Europe.”

For help and advice on matters relating to employment law, contact Skylar McKeith at Mackrell.Solicitors today.

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Skylar joined Mackrell.Solicitors in January 2019, having completed the Legal Practice Course with a Distinction at the University of Westminster and an LLB (Hons) Bachelor of Law from BPP Law School.