A points-based system has been in place in the UK since 2008 to govern economic migration from outside the European Economic Area (EEA). Since the UK's Brexit vote, it's unclear what the UK’s future immigration policy will be for EEA nationals.

This members-only factsheet focuses on the various routes under Tier 2 of the points-based system with which employers are primarily concerned, but also mentions options under Tier 5. It outlines the sponsorship system, compliance and legal liability, and provides links to government information and advice for employers.

This factsheet was last updated by Gerwyn Davies, with thanks to Fragoman for their input and comments.

Gerwyn Davies

Gerwyn Davies: Labour Market Adviser

Gerwyn is the CIPD’s Public Policy Adviser for a wide range of labour market issues. With lead responsibility for welfare reform, migration and zero-hour contracts at the CIPD, Gerwyn has led and shaped the policy debate and achieved substantial national media coverage through various publications. These include Zero-hours contracts: myth and reality (2013) and The growth of EU labour: assessing the impact on the UK labour market (2014). 

In addition Gerwyn authors the CIPD's high profile and influential quarterly Labour Market Outlook. Gerwyn is an experienced labour market commentator, making regular appearances in the national media and on other public platforms, including several appearances before the House of Commons Work and Pensions select committee.


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