Sponsorship licenses become an ‘essential’ part of business plans

It is obvious that after Brexit many other businesses would need to apply for a UK sponsor license to employ migrants within the framework of the Skilled Worker Visa scheme. The free movement of new EU migrants no longer exists. Interestingly, this is apparently still the case, as noted earlier that only around 3% of UK employers have a sponsorship licence. Even if companies say they will apply for a sponsorship license, will they actually do so in practice?

It must also be said that the skilled worker visa regime is very expensive. It will probably cost around £7,000 to bring just one employee to the UK.

According to a new report published by The staff today, more and more UK businesses are making sponsorship licenses an “essential part” of their business plans. The news comes amid an analysis of Home Office data, which found the UK skilled worker visa applications made by people in South Asia increased by 115%.

The The staff today The report claims the new figures show “the extent to which UK businesses are turning to talent in South Asia and sub-Saharan Africa to fill their skills gaps”. Figures show South Asian skilled worker visa applications reached 15,731 in the second quarter of 2022, compared to 7,327 in the second quarter of 2019.

Meanwhile, in the same two quarters, the data shows there was an increase in applications for Sub-Saharan skilled workers from 948 to 6,579.

UK visa hike mainly attributed to health workers

The rise in skilled worker visa applications from South Asia has been largely attributed to the number of healthcare workers applying to come to work in the UK and accepting positions in the second quarter of 2022. during this period, 6,139 South Asian workers accepted positions. in Great Britain against 1,386 in the second quarter of 2019.

A similar number of workers from sub-Saharan Africa (5,130) accepted a position in the UK in the same period of 2022, compared to 471 in the equivalent of 2019.

Additionally, there was a 6% increase in the number of IT professionals arriving from South Asia between the two quarters, with 4,028 jobs accepted in Britain.

According to Home Office data, skilled worker visa applications reached 35,000 in the second quarter of 2022, with healthcare and IT workers being the most in demand. The figures show that the health and social work The sector recorded its highest number of skilled worker visa applications, with 15,000 in the second quarter of 2022 compared to 11,139 in the first quarter.

Most requests came from South Asia (6,139), followed closely by sub-Saharan Africa (5,130), and then countries in Southeast Asia (2,112).

Communications sector

After healthcare, the IT and communications sector was the second-largest source of applicants with 4,028 of the 5,395 applications submitted in the second quarter from South Asia. The second quarter also reveals a significant increase in the number of applications filed by Russians with 139 against 56 in the first quarter.

As expected, due to Brexit and the loss of freedom of movement, the number of skilled worker visa applications from Europe fell to 3,243 in the second quarter of 2022, from 3,698 in the third quarter 2021.

However, there was a 7% increase in the first quarter of 2022 compared to the second in the professional, scientific and technical sector with 4,020 applications compared to 3,748.

In the finance and insurance sector, there was an increase to 2,869 in the second quarter of 2022 from 2,194 in the first, with most talent coming from India (845), United States (241) and France (164).

Immigration is vital for any successful business

Home Office data shows the number of UK businesses taking on skilled workers from overseas has jumped 64% in the past two years. This is based on a reported increase in the number of companies holding sponsorship licenses to recruit migrant workers on skilled worker visas.

However, another recent The staff today the report says that only 3% of UK businesses hold a UK sponsor license.

Despite this, more and more companies now see a sponsorship license as an essential part of their overall business plan, with some stating that a good immigration strategy is now essential to the success of any business.

With the talent pool now global, companies are no longer competing within Britain to attract talent. To remain competitive, companies must now look internationally.

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