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One in ten organisations considering relocation: CIPD

20 June 2017

The report recommends any future immigration policy to replace free movement must be:

Future immigration policy recommendations


  • New policies for EU nationals should be aligned as closely as possible with the existing points-based system for non-EU nationals.
  • Government should avoid introducing a complex array of sector or regional-based immigration policies, which could lead to disparities and unfairness.
  • Any changes to immigration policy for EU citizens should be introduced at the end of a three-year transitional period once negotiations are completed.


  • Government should review and expand the labour shortage occupation list for EU nationals to include jobs at lower levels of skills and salary where there is evidence that labour shortages are difficult address and damaging to employers.
  • Government should review the Resident Labour Market Test and make it more appropriate for employers facing damaging labour shortages by reducing the requirement to advertise jobs through Job Centre Plus from 28 to 14 days.
  • The Youth Mobility Scheme should be extended to all 18-30 year old EU migrants and EU students with a bachelor’s degree or above should be allowed to remain in the UK, without requiring a job, for two years.


  • In applying the existing points-based system for non EU workers to EU workers, government should halve the sponsorship licence fee for public sector employers and review the other costs that employers are subject to, for example the health surcharge, the skills levy and the fee to for every non-EU national they employ.



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