25 March 2019 | Bradford Keen
The Institute of Workplace and Facilities Management has compiled a guide for its members to help them to manage the forthcoming changes to immigration rules and the effects of Brexit.
With 3.7 million EEA citizens already living in the UK, preparation by employers is vital. This is especially so in the facilities management market, with one in four jobs in some sectors being filled by migrants.
The potential loss of freedom of movement for people from the EEA (EU countries, Iceland, Norway and Liechtenstein) as well as Switzerland after Brexit, along with the proposed immigration policy changes from government, is likely to cause significant impact on industry employment, especially in cleaning, catering, security and construction roles, states the IWFM guide.
Outlining likely happenings in the event of a deal or no deal, the IWFM guide warns that employers should ready themselves by downloading an employer toolkit and preparing a communication strategy to inform employees.
Other suggestions include providing access to technology to complete applications for the settlement scheme, as well as payment for the submission.
The guide can be found here.