Brexit: resource round-up

The right of free movement for UK nationals in the EU, and EU nationals in the UK, ended on 31 December 2020, the end of the Brexit transition period. This has implications for HR as it affects how your organisation meets its staffing needs:

  • From 1 January 2021, EU nationals entering the UK for work purposes need permission to do so. See below for guidance on the new immigration system, which came into force on 1 December 2020.
  • More organisations will require a sponsor licence, as sponsorship will be the main route through which employers can bring in employees from outside the UK.
  • HR teams need to make sure their right to work checks are compliant from 1 January 2021.
  • Business leaders need HR to engage in workforce planning, to make sure the organisation has the resources in place to see it through the changes that lie ahead.
  • HR has a role to play in helping existing employees who are EU nationals apply to the EU settlement scheme, to make sure they have the right to stay in the UK.

We provide new guidance on a regular basis, and add it to the list below. Browse the list or use the "Go to section" drop-down (above) to explore.

The new immigration system

Business travel

Workforce planning

Right to work checks

The EU settlement scheme

Changes to employment law


Data protection

European Works Councils (EWC)

Posted workers