Companies need to get ‘house in order’ to prevent loss of talent before the UK exits the EU
Up to 93 per cent of businesses risk sponsor licence revocation for migrant workers and many are also at risk of instant Home Office closure, new research has found.
Just months before the UK is scheduled to leave the EU in March 2019, less than a third of companies are aware of the serious sanctions in place for non-compliance to strict ‘right to work’ rules for overseas workers, from fines to prison sentences for Directors, or even instant closure – not least the potential impact to business’ reputation.
Only a third of businesses knew what documents should be kept on file for sponsored overseas workers and 95 per cent of company sponsors were not reporting all the required changes in circumstances for sponsored workers.
It also found that just seven per cent of companies are advertising job vacancies correctly when filling a job for a non-EEA citizen under sponsorship rules, along with other key errors in business compliances, checks and audits.
The report commissioned by Immigration law firm Migrate UK surveyed 1,000 businesses who currently hold a Tier 2/Tier 5 licence to sponsor overseas workers.