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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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UK tops pay package chart for expats

24 May 2019

Expatriates working in the UK enjoy the highest remuneration packages in the world, according to the latest report from global mobility company ECA International.

ECA’s annual MyExpatriate Market Pay report found that the UK had overtaken Japan to claim top spot in the table, with the average, mid-level expat pay packages in Britain rising by £44,688 to £311,240 ($421,798).

The report compiles data on the cost of overseas assignees’ benefits, salaries and tax treatments in countries around the world. Benefits include the allowance to cover essential costs such as accommodation, international school fees, utilities and transport.

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Knight Frank Tenant Survey

22 May 2019

The Multihousing sector is gaining traction in the UK. Investors looking for long-term returns are seeking out the opportunities afforded in the expanding private rented sector, especially purpose-built age-targeted accommodation.

Young professionals (aged 25 to 34) no longer make up the largest group living in the private rented sector, having been overtaken, albeit marginally, by 35 to 49 year olds. This age-group is also expected to show the biggest growth in households in the private rented sector over the coming years, with difficulty in obtaining a mortgage deposit to buy a home remaining a hurdle.

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Relocating families and state school applications in the UK: what to expect.

20 May 2019

For parents, the decision to accept an international assignment can hinge on whether their children’s education can be assured; the prospect of applying to state schools in a new country, however, can be daunting without help. Sarah Teasdale, managing director with our education partner, Educatus has outlined below how the application process works in the UK for most relocating families.

In-Year Applications.

Most relocating families arrive mid-year and so end up applying for ‘In-Year’ admissions spaces. These applications will only be accepted once the child is resident and can then take up to 20 school days to be processed. An ‘in-year’ admission...

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BREXIT: UK and Ireland Sign Deal to Guarantee Common Travel Area Rights

13 May 2019

On 8 May 2019, the governments of Ireland and of the United Kingdom signed a Memorandum of Understanding reaffirming the status, rights and privileges already enjoyed by British and Irish citizens in each others’ states under the Common Travel Area (CTA).

The CTA is a long-standing arrangement between the UK, Ireland and the Crown Dependencies (Bailiwick of Jersey, Bailiwick of Guernsey, Isle of Man) which predates and is independent of Irish and UK membership of the EU. It provides for mutual free movement of people, voting rights and access to social security, health and education.


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The challenges and opportunities of helping Indian clients to relocate

13 May 2019

Marianne Curphey speaks to Simon Johnston, CEO of Icon Relocation, one of the fastest growing relocation companies in the UK, about the challenges of relocating employees from India to destinations around the globe.

India has huge potential – both inbound and outbound – and it is a country that has seen rapid cultural and economic changes over the past few years.

Until recently, Indian assignees were not supported by their companies when relocating in the same way that employees from the UK might expect to be supported. Instead of receiving advice and financial compensation for the move, many Indian companies sent their...

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Festival of Global People 2019

09 May 2019

The international management event of the year

Tuesday 14 May & Wednesday 15 May 2019 | 9am – 5pm

St Pancras Renaissance Hotel, London, NW1 2AR Discounts and Complimentary Tickets:

HR and corporate GM Professionals use code FESTGM19 for your complimentary place (code use is strictly monitored).

Schools and education providers: please email for discounted places.

RES Forum, Next Gen GM, FOCUS, ARP and AoEC members: your discount code will either be in your latest newsletter, or contact

Book tickets for both the Festival and Awards Gala Dinner and receive 25% off. Select the advanced combined ticket.

The Festival of Global People...

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Bristol's house prices rising at greater rate than London

06 May 2019

It may not come as a shock to discover house prices in Bristol are rising at a far greater rate than the rest of the UK

Bristol is expected to experience higher-than-average house price and rental growth than the rest of Britain over the next five years, according to a report by Bristol property experts JLL.

During 2018 the value of a typical two-bedroom apartment in Bristol rose from £280,000 to £290,000.

And there is no sign of Bristol’s property values slowing down anytime soon.

In fact according to JLL’s new Find The Gap report property prices are expected to increase by another 1.5...

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