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EU Settlement Scheme. How it Affects Temporary and Permanent Workforce

EU Settlement Scheme. How it Affects Temporary and Permanent Workforce

January 14, 2020

If you have been following the Brexit drama lately, you might have heard an advert about a new scheme designed to allow EU, EEA and Swiss workers to stay, live and work here in the UK. This is regardless of whether we leave the EU with a deal or without one and it applies to family members as well.

But just what is this EU Settlement Scheme and how will it affect the temporary and permanent workforce here in the UK? Let’s take a look:

What Is The EU Settlement Scheme?

The EU Settlement Scheme enables EU, EEA and Swiss citizens and their families the ability to stay in the UK after 30 June 2021 to work. Enrollment to the scheme is currently open, but the deadline to apply is 30 June 2021 if the UK leaves the EU with a Brexit deal in place. However, if the UK leaves the EU without a deal, there are a couple of additional requirements to qualify.

First, you will need to be living in the UK before it leaves the EU, and second, the deadline for applying will be 31 December 2020. Either way, the EU Settlement Scheme costs nothing to those who apply and many say that it could save the UK millions in lost trade due to a lack of trained workers.

The Effect On Temporary And Permanent Workforce

But what will the EU Settlement Scheme’s effect be on the temporary and permanent workforce? Recruitment experts say that workers considering a new job or those who are in the middle of a job search will need to apply for the scheme and be accepted if they want employment here in the UK. Many companies are growing more and more reluctant to hiring EU citizens, especially with the Brexit uncertainty.

Some businesses are already letting go of their permanent staff in place of much more flexible temporary staffing options. Workers in need of a new job are looking at these temporary offerings as a back-up plan in case their current jobs are replaced after Brexit.

It looks as though the EU Settlement Scheme will be good for UK business and the UK workforce long term, but there is still a lot of uncertainty when it comes to short term career prospects. Experts agree that workers should contact a recruiting company to find the best jobs and to learn more about the EU Settlement Scheme and what it means to them and their future in the UK.

Contact CMD Recruitment

To learn more about the EU settlement scheme and how it will affect both temporary and permanent workforce, contact CMD Recruitment today.

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