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News From The UKBA

News From The UKBA
 
The UK Border Agency (UKBA) announced on 24 November that, with effect from 14 December 2009, all employers will have to advertise jobs for 4 weeks before a migrant worker can be employed for a skilled post under Tier 2 (General) of the Points Based System.    This follows the Prime Minister's announcement on 12 November 2009 that a new test would be introduced to better support resident workers looking for skilled jobs. The new test will replace the current requirement to advertise jobs for two weeks, or one week for jobs where the salary is over 40,000. Employers that have already run or begun advertising campaigns will not need to re-advertise to meet the new requirement as the change only applies to advertising campaigns that start on or after 14 December 2009. The new 4 week resident labour market test does not require advertising campaigns to be run for 4 continuous weeks, meaning that employers will be able to advertise skilled jobs for shorter periods initially. If a suitable resident worker is not found in the initial period, the employer must then advertise for a further period or periods to fulfil the 4 week requirement before they can appoint a migrant worker. As with the old test, employers will need to advertise on Jobcentre Plus throughout the the 4 week period as well as complying with another recruitment method set out in the relevant UKBA Code of Practice. In view of the changes, employers are advised to:
Run any possible advertising campaigns now before the new requirement comes into effect
 
Keep a careful watch on further announcements from the UKBA and
Ensure HR and recruiters are aware of this increased period as this will impact upon project timetables.

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