As of 31st January 2020, the United Kingdom is no longer a part of the European Union – Brexit has been a contentious topic for some time and has created some uncertainty over the years. We wish to extend a message of support to EU nationals wishing to continue working in the UK.
Our CEO, Gary Taylor, has this to say – “At HCL Workforce Solutions, we have a long and proud history of working closely with candidates from across the world, and indeed the EU, with our HCL Permanent division successfully helping thousands of healthcare professionals develop their careers in the UK. The collaborative efforts of British, EU and non EU staff in our hospitals, GP surgeries and communities are part of what makes the NHS so special, and we will continue to recruit from the EU to meet the needs of our candidates and clients. We welcomed over 800 international staff to the country in 2019 alone, and look forward to welcoming many more in years to come!”
What does this mean if you are an EU healthcare professional looking to move to the UK?
Post-Brexit, the United Kingdom is currently in a transition period, during which the UK and the EU will be negotiating additional arrangements on what Brexit means to our country. During this transition period, due to last until 31st December 2020, the existing rules on travel will continue to apply, allowing EU citizens to continue to work and live in the UK post-Brexit.
We encourage all our current and prospective workers from the EU to apply to the EU Settlement scheme – if you and your family have been living in the UK prior to 31st January 2020, you have until 30 June 2021 to apply for settled status, but we recommend that you apply as soon as possible. It’s free to do so and if your application is successful, you’ll receive either settled or pre-settled status.
You may be able to stay in the UK without applying – for example, if you’re an Irish citizen or have indefinite leave to remain.
Planning on moving to the UK in the future?
The UK Government is planning to introduce a points-based immigration system from 2021 – this will aim to deliver a system that works in the interests of the whole of the UK and prioritises the skills a person has to offer. The Government’s initial statement on this points-based system was announced on 19 February 2020 – you can sign up to email updates on this system here.
We will continue to support international candidates in the search for career-boosting roles in the UK, and look forward to continuing to work with both candidates and clients.