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Employment implications

In December 2018, the Government published its Immigration White Paper, setting out its plans for a future immigration system after Brexit. The new system would not come into place until the end of a transition period after the UK’s exit from the EU – which is expected to end in December 2020. The White Paper is based on evidence from the MAC (see below) and will be subject to consultation during 2019. 
In March 2019, UCEA wrote to the Minister for Universities, Science, Research and Innovation, to outline the sector’s significant concerns about the new minimum salary threshold of £30,000 proposed in the White Paper:

In September 2018, the Migration Advisory Committee (MAC) published its report on EEA workers in the UK labour marker, which contained 14 main recommendations. UCEA compiled a succinct briefing paper on those recommendations, summarising the impact they would have on UK HE employers, and rating each with a red/amber/green traffic light system. 

UCEA Briefing – response to the MAC report 2018       

UCEA also published a paper (below) in November to highlight the costs and other implications to the sector of the three recommendations of most concern to HE employers, rated as “red” by UCEA:

Responding to recommendations of most concern to the higher education sector

'No deal' planning

The Government has an information hub for HEIs and ‘No Deal’ preparations. This includes links to the Government sites on Prepare for EU exit and Prepare your business for EU exit.

Universities UK guidance on a 'No deal Brexit' outlines the implications for HEIs and ways to minimise the risks.

Other information

The CBI in collaboration with Deloitte has produced a guide for UK employers on EU staff and Brexit. The guide covers both deal and no deal Brexit scenarios and is structured around five key questions for every business:

  • The rights of EU staff
  • What EU staff have to do to stay in the UK
  • How businesses can help EU staff to understand their situation
  • How businesses can actively support EU staff
  • Legal obligations

The CIPD has published legal advice to help employers manage and support their workforce through Brexit - Immigration and Brexit: legal guide to managing a migrant workforce (March 2018). A useful website on Brexit  workforce planning considerations has also been published since Article 50 was invoked and specific guidance has been published on Preparing for Brexit Through Workforce Planning (March 2018).

The House of Commons Library has published a briefing paper setting out the possible employment law implications of Brexit. This provides a helpful summary of what is currently understood, and contains a useful table outlining EU-derived law. 

The CBI has also published its paper on Making a Success of Brexit, based on input from member associations including UCEA.

Consultancy Verditer has published a blog on the pay and reward implications of Brexit.

The Institute of Employment Studies (IES) has launched a "Brexit Observatory". Split into "workforce" and "workplace" issues, the "observatory" aims to highlight data, analysis and informed debate about the employment effects of Brexit. HEIs may find this a useful source of analysis. 

Vitae has issued a statement confirming that it will continue to manage the UK process for the HR Excellence in Research Award as normal.

Eversheds has created a Brexit hub containing insight and analysis of the latest situation including a comprehensive FAQ on the employment implications and monthly bulletins for download (see September 2018 bulletin).
Lawyers Mills & Reeve also have a Brexit resources section of their website. Usefully, this includes the results of their Brexit Barometer survey. In January 2017 they published a summary of the employment law implications of Brexit. 

This page was last updated on 14 March 2019.