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Chinese applicants to UK universities hit new high

11 July 2019

There has been a surge in Chinese students applying to UK universities. What’s the cause? Is it a result of the US/China trade war, Brexit, or a combination of many factors?

The number of Chinese students applying to study at British universities has surged by 30 per cent this year, according to official data.

The Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS) said that the 19,760 undergraduate applications from Chinese students this year compared to 15,240 in 2018. It means that, for the first time, the number of Chinese applications is higher than that from students in Northern Ireland (18,520).

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Overseas assignees 'getting raw deal' in the UK

09 July 2019

InterNations Business Solutions, the global expat network, found that both overseas assignees and international hires (people who find a job abroad on their own or are hired by a local company), as well as any ‘trailing spouses’, fared less well in the UK than the support on offer in many other countries.

“Countries such as the Netherlands excel in supporting global employees,” says the latest Expat Insider Business Edition Country Focus report. “They set a benchmark for employer assistance and show that employees that are better supported with their relocation and integration experience an easier, shorter adjustment period and a higher...

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London businesses urge easier access to overseas skills

05 July 2019

London Chamber of Commerce and Industry survey

The CEO of the London Chamber of Commerce and Industry (LCCI), which conducted the quarterly survey among 500 businesses in the capital, said the situation proved the necessity for a post-Brexit immigration system that would enable companies “to find well-trained and capable staff” they badly needed.

The survey found that sales and exports indices were up, and all business confidence indicators also increased over the quarter - the first time this has happened for a year - with expectations for wider economic growth also improving, while still remaining modest.

Talent shortages challenging business

“However, with...

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Banks breathe new life into Brexit relocations

01 July 2019

Global banks based in the UK are reviving plans to relocate staff to new European hubs after a three-month lull, according to the EY’s latest ‘Financial Services Brexit Tracker’.

The consultants’ report, which tracks 222 of the largest financial services firms in Britain, said that, after the March 29 withdrawal date for Brexit was postponed until the end of October, many institutions put their relocation plans on hold.

But since Prime Minister Theresa May announced her intention to step down in July, and with the prospect increasing of a no-deal Brexit, banks and other financial sector firms have breathed new life into...

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Britain actually gets cheaper to live in as four UK cities see prices drop

28 June 2019

This year’s report shows that, for once, Britain is getting a bit cheaper. Unless you live in Glasgow that it - as the city rose three places to be named the 145th most expensive city to move to.

Mercer looks into the cost of more than 200 items in locations around the world, including housing, transportation, food, clothing, household goods, and entertainment.

But while there was some good news for locals, a lot of the fall in the relative cost was a result of the pound dropping compared with other currencies.

New York is used as the base city for all global comparisons,...

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North Herts house prices up by 1.2 per cent in April

24 June 2019

House prices in North Hertfordshire increased by 1.2 per cent in April, despite witnessing a 5 per cent fall over the last 12 months.

The latest data from the Office of National Statistics shows that the average property in the area sold for £335,171 - significantly higher than the UK average of £228,903.

Across the East of England, property prices have risen by 0.6 per cent in the last year, to £289,436. The region underperformed compared to the UK as a whole, which saw the average property value increase by 1.4 per cent.

The data comes from the House Price Index, which the...

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Our CEO, Simon Johnston is President of TIRA

22 June 2019

We are so proud of our CEO, Simon Johnston for being chosen as TIRA - The International Relocation Associates President. Simon has been in the Relocation Industry for over 30 years.

Simon is GMS & MIM qualified and is the current Chair of the Association of Relocation Professionals in the UK

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Record numbers of EU27 nationals apply for UK citizenship

13 June 2019

The first quarter saw a record 18,011 applications – an average of 200 a day, which represented a 52 per cent increase on the corresponding period last year – apparently because EU nationals were seeking more post-Brexit security than that offered by the government’s ‘settled status’ scheme.

Research published last week by the University of Birmingham’s Eurochildren project found that the share of applications for naturalisation by EU27 residents in the UK had increased from five per cent in 2007 to 26 per cent in 2017.

EU nationals want British citizenship to secure the position of their families

“More than 80,000 EU residents...

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Employment in 2030 - what future skills will be needed

07 June 2019

The pace of economic change all but guarantees that a single degree or qualification earned in your teens or twenties will no longer be sufficient for your whole working life. Students graduating from high school today will have many, many jobs in their professional lives; some predictions place this number as high as 15. More troubling, we have no idea what many of those jobs will be: imagine trying to explain to someone 20 years ago the skills necessary to be an SEO specialist or to be the system administrator for a crypto-currency exchange.

So what does structural change, including but...

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UNITED KINGDOM: Nationals of Seven More Countries Can Now Use ePassport Gates

28 May 2019

Effective 20 May 2019, visitors to the United Kingdom from Australia, Canada, Japan, New Zealand, Singapore, South Korea and the United States are now able to use ePassport gates at ports across the UK and at juxtaposed controls. Additionally, the Government is removing the need for all non-EEA travellers to fill in landing cards upon arrival in the UK, making for a smoother entry to the country.

Background ePassport gates have been available to British and EU nationals since 2008. EU nationals will remain eligible to use them once the UK leaves the EU.

The gates use facial recognition technology to compare the passenger’s...

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