Brexit Update December 2020

Brexit Update December 2020


Changes from 1st January 2021

Deal or no deal, the way people live and work will be different.

Brexit Update December 2020
  • People planning to move between the UK and EU to live, work, or retire will no longer be automatically allowed to do so
  • Travel rules are changing, so check your passport is still valid, that you have health insurance and the right driving documents
  • The UK will no longer make such big annual payments towards the EU's budget
  • Arrivals from the UK will stand in a different queue at passport control in EU countries
  • Businesses trading with the EU will face a lot more paperwork

EU Settlement Scheme Updated Data

The EU Settlement Scheme (EUSS) launched on 30 March 2019 enables resident EU, other EEA and Swiss citizens and their family members to obtain UK immigration status. Further information about the EU Settlement Scheme can be found here.

The scheme is a simple digital system which allows EU, EEA and Swiss citizens who are resident in the UK to obtain, free of charge, settled status or pre-settled status in the UK. Find out more about what settled and pre-settled status means here.

The latest headline figures from the Home Office internal management information show

Total number of applications as of 30 November 2020

4.48 million

Total number of concluded applications as of 30 November 2020

4.28 million

Total number of applications by nation as of 31 July 2020

England Scotland Wales Northern Ireland
4,063,800 225,500 74,300 72,700

Concluded applications by outcome type as of 31 July 2020

Settled Status Presettled status Refused Withdrawn or Void Invalid

EU Settlement Scheme: number and proportion of concluded applications by nationality and outcome, 28 August 2018 to 30 September 2020 - top 10 nationalities (and non-EEA nationals) by number of concluded applications

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Overview of the key UK Immigration Routes from January 2021


EU citizens and non-visa nationals will not require a visa to enter the country when visiting. All migrants looking to enter the UK to work will need to apply for permission in advance. Anyone who comes to the UK as a visitor will not be able to apply for a visa to work once in the country.

The UK does not operate a biometric border entry and exit system. Home Secretary, Priti Patel, described in The Telegraph the limited data UK’s Border Force has on people travelling to the UK from the European Union as a ‘grave terrorist risk’ for the country.


Government policy does not provide an immigration route specifically for those who do not meet the skills or salary threshold for the skilled worker route.


For workers to work in temporary roles with an organisation in the UK.

Tier 5 has been used for the Seasonal Workers’ Pilot in edible horticulture.

The ‘Seasonal Workers’ Scheme Code of Good Practice Multi-Stakeholder Working Group’ has provided recommendations to ensure that good work practices and protection of workers are designed into any future scheme.


Allows young people, aged between 18 and 30, to travel to the UK to work as a cultural exchange to promote the UK overseas and to encourage trade and tourism.


For skilled workers who meet the requirements of the new Points Based System. To recruit these workers, employers will need to be approved by the Home Office as a sponsor.

Applicants will need to be able to speak English and have a job offer from an approved sponsor at RQF 3 skill level or above in a role that pays at least the minimum salary threshold.


Students with a valid Tier 4 visa and graduates who have completed a degree in the UK from summer 2021 will be able to work, or look for work, in the UK at any skill level for up to 2 years.

Immigration and Visa Costs under the new system

The Border, Immigration and Citizenship System including asylum and enforcement charges currently costs the Government £2.8 billion a year to run and £2.3 billion a year is raised through visa and passport fees.

Income generation through fees and charges will continue to underpin the future system, contributing significantly towards funding. These charges comprise sponsor fees, various visa costs as detailed at the UK’s Points-Based Immigration System Annex A, and the Immigration Health Surcharge payable by applicants (with some exceptions) as part of their immigration application and for each year of the visa.

When taking into account all visa costs, sponsorship costs and additional immigration charges outlined in the new system, companies will face a bill of nearly £10,000 in order to hire a skilled worker on a five year visa as follows:

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The proposed cost of the Points Based System will be one of the most expensive of any country globally. Analysis by Fragomen LLP identifies that the total costs for a skilled worker in a family of five under the UK system are over £21,000. This is nearly four times as expensive as the United States, over twelve times as expensive as Canada and nearly eighteen times as expensive as Germany.

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Association of Labour Providers Survey Results

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The latest survey conducted by Association of Labour Providers (ALP) uncovers major concerns from both labour providers and labour users about chronic labour shortages in 2021.

The Best Connection Response

A lot of hard work is going on behind the scenes in researching and analysing what Brexit means for our industry and how it will impact our business. Through a prompt and consistent initiative, we established a head start for when the planned reform does happen in January 2021. This entails collective monetary investment in digital and workforce management technologies, with the result that we are the agency of choice for the industrial and driving sectors, both for employees and employers.

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The Best Connection National Survey

The latest national survey conducted by The Best Connection generates confidence that we are isolated from the weakening of the labour market and will continue to fulfil our clients’ requirements across the UK better than any other recruitment company.

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Maximising the labour pool

Anticipating a tightening of the labour market from as far back as 2017, The Best Connection has been pursuing a clear strategy during that period to cement its market position. This includes looking at emerging markets and trying to remove any employment barriers

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Adding to this, listed below are the important steps we are constantly taking to optimise and increase our workforce:

  1. Regularly cleansing our database, ensuring all our workers’ availability/circumstances are updated correctly, allowing us to plan and forecast efficiently
  2. Engaging with all our workers on how to improve through surveys. We believe that listening, acting and improving is the best way to retain individuals
  3. Having a fair and balanced approach in allocating assignments and overtime for all our workers
  4. Ensuring flexible skills through extending the appropriate training and development opportunities to agency workers, particularly where they are on medium or long term assignments
  5. Having a just and open absence management policy
  6. Looking at how we onboard and making it easier for thousands of candidates to use our platforms simultaneously to apply for jobs. Ensuring we do not ask for too much upfront, the tests are relevant to the job role and multi-language options included
  7. Working closely with our clients to make their assignment the ‘assignment of choice’ for temporary workers by:
    • Providing a great place to work
    • Focusing our attention on improving their experience
    • Defining and living with the brand values – using them in advertisements and highlighting the positives of working on the assignment
    • Promote work within all website/social media channels available via a joint campaign
  8. Constantly checking how easy is it for candidates to find our job – ‘walking a mile’ in the job seeker’s shoes
  9. Putting in place various referral schemes across our workforce
  10. Fostering strong relationships within the community: schools, universities, etc., that can help us promote our client’s business and the opportunities that are available
  11. Settng up a comprehensive training program for all our permanent staff, ensuring that the candidate’s experience with TBC is positive
  12. Looking at providing our workers with the level of work that they want and need:
    • The ONS Labour Force Survey estimates that 8.7% of the UK workers are underemployed – therefore not gettng as much work as they want
    • Conversely, 10.1% of the workers are estimated to be overemployed – working more hours than they want

As a leading representative in the recruitment industry, we have engaged with hundreds of companies and thousands of workers over the past year to increase awareness about the EU Settlement Scheme and Brexit and we have worked relentlessly to identify and minimise the impact on our clients’ businesses.

Please feel free to contact your local TBC office to discuss any concerns that you may have.

Brexit Update December 2020