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Workforce and future skills needs


There will be changes to how EU nationals register in the UK. EU nationals and their family members who have lived in the UK for at least five years by 31 December 2020 can apply for UK Settled Status. Those who have been here for less than 5 years, can apply for Pre-Settled status until they meet the full criteria. Under a ‘no deal’ scenario there would be no implementation period and the date used for assigning a status would be brought forward from 31 December 2020 to 29 March 2019.

If you employ non-British or non-Irish workers from elsewhere in the EU, the UK Government has issued guidance on their present and future immigration status.

Your business should consider

  • What percentage of your UK workforce is from the EU27?
  • Do your staff know the next steps to take to register as an EU citizen working in the UK?
  • What can you do to help retain skills and labour?

Resources and information

The Home Office has published an Employer Toolkit which covers the key details of the EU Settlement Scheme, information and materials with which to support affected staff and their families:

What can you do to support staff applying for the EU Settlement Scheme? Signpost them to further information and regular email updates from the Home Office:

The UK’s EU Settlement Scheme will be open between March 2019 and 30 June 2021 and your staff can sign up for email updates:

The Government has published a policy paper explaining how the EU Settlement scheme would operate in the event of a ‘no deal’ EU exit:

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