Brexit Impact Survey - Have Your Say
RequiredRequired Question(s)
The UK is due to leave the EU on 29 March 2019 and the Government has stated that free movement will end from this date. But what will replace it and how will the changes affect British businesses and workers?
 
The Government has commissioned the Migration Advisory Committee (MAC) to review European Economic Area (EEA) migration and advise on the impacts of Brexit and to recommend changes to the UK immigration system. 
 
Laura Devine Immigration Lawyers is participating in the consultation and hosted a meeting with the MAC on 4 October 2017 at its London offices. 

We have designed this survey to enable you to provide your views of how different proposals and issues may affect your organisation. It should take 5-10 minutes to complete. You may skip any questions that are not applicable. Your responses will be treated confidentially and data used in our consultation response to the MAC will be anonymised (unless you have stated otherwise).
 
For the purpose of this survey, the term 'EEA national' includes nationals from EU member states, Norway, Lichtenstein, Iceland and Switzerland and their family members, but excludes UK and Irish nationals.

 
Section 1: Background Information
 
1.

In which sector(s) do you operate? (Tick all that apply and if you wish to specify a sub-sector (optional) please use the comment box)

Source:International Standard Industrial Classification of All Economic Activities
Accommodation / Food
Administrative / Support Services
Agriculture / Forestry / Fishery
Arts / Entertainment / Recreation
Construction
Education
Energy Supply
Extra Territorial Organisations
Finance / Insurance
Health / Social Work
Households as Employers
Information / Communication
Manufacturing
Mining / Quarrying
Public Administration / Defence
Professional / Scientific / Technical Activities
Real Estate
Transport / Storage
Water Supply / Waste
Wholesale / Retail / Vehicle Repair
Other  
  • Comment:

  • 500 characters left.
2.

Where is your business located in the UK? (Tick all that apply and use the comment box if you wish to specify the city/town)

Throughout the UK
England - London
England - outside of London
Northern Ireland
Scotland
Wales
  • Comment:

  • 500 characters left.
3.

Do you have business locations (linked by common ownership or control) outside the UK? (Tick all that apply)

In the EU
Outside the EU
4.
What is your organisation's annual turnover in the UK?
Less than £632,000
£632,000 to £10.2 m
£10.2 m to £25 m
More than £25 m
5.

Do you hold a sponsor licence? (Tick all that apply)

Tier 2
Tier 4
Tier 5
None
Section 2: Your Workforce in the UK
 
6.

Approximately what is the size of your workforce in the UK (including employees, self-employed staff and agency workers)?

Less than 10
10 - 49
50 - 249
250 - 499
500 or more
7.
Approximately what percentage of your total workforce in the UK is EEA nationals (excluding UK and Irish nationals)?
0%
1 - 9%
10 - 19%
20 - 29%
30 - 49%
50 - 74%
75 - 100%
8.
Approximately what percentage of your total workforce in the UK is non-EEA migrants?
0%
1 - 9%
10 - 19%
20 - 29%
30 - 49%
50 - 74%
75 - 100%
Self-employed, temporary or agency workers
 
9.
Approximately what percentage of your total workforce in the UK is engaged on a self-employed, temporary or agency worker basis?
0%
1 - 9%
10 - 19%
20 - 29%
30 - 49%
50 - 74%
75 - 100%
10.
Approximately what percentages of your self-employed, temporary or agency workers are:
 0% 1 - 9% 10 - 19% 20 - 29% 30 - 49% 50 - 74% 75 - 100% 
EEA nationals (excluding UK and Irish nationals)
non-EEA nationals
UK/Irish nationals
11.

If your organisation was restricted from engaging EEA nationals on a self-employed, temporary or agency worker basis, what impact would it have on your organisation?  Please use the comment box to give details/examples.

Severe impact
Significant impact
Some impact
No impact
Unsure
  • Comment:

  • 500 characters left.
Skill levels

Highly skilled: defined as RQF level 6 - graduate level (eg senior managers, professionals such as lawyers, accountants, architects, engineers, IT professionals, management consultants).

Medium skilled: defined as RQF levels 3 and 4 (eg managers in warehouse or hospitality industry, garage manager, electricians, engineering and IT technicians, police or fire service officers, plumbers, secretaries, chefs, florists, air/rail travel assistants, manager level in health care center, medical/dental technicians, IT operation technicians, artists, designers, buyers, career advisors).

Lower skilled: defined as RQF level 2 or below (eg education welfare officer, credit controllers, bookkeepers, bank/post office clerks, insurance clerks, administration/facilities supervisors, medical/school secretaries, receptionists, carpenters, plasterers, painters, floorer/titles, cooks, ambulance assistants, travel agents, beauticians/hairdressers, caretakers, customer advisors, security guards).
 
12.
Please select the approximate percentage of your EEA national (excluding UK and Irish nationals) workforce at each skill level.
 0% 1 - 24% 25 - 49% 50 - 74% 75 - 100% 
Highly skilled
Medium skilled
Lower skilled
13.
Please select the approximate percentage of your non-EEA migrant workforce at each skill level.
 0% 1 - 24% 25 - 49% 50 - 74% 75 - 100% 
Highly skilled
Medium skilled
Lower skilled
14.

Please select the approximate percentage of your UK and Irish national workforce at each skill level.

 0% 1 - 24% 25 - 49% 50 - 74% 75 - 100% 
Highly skilled
Medium skilled
Lower skilled
Recruitment
 
15.

Do you use different recruitment methods depending on whether candidates are EEA nationals, UK/Irish nationals and non-EEA migrants? If yes, please give examples of your recruitment methods and how these differ for each category of worker.

 

350 characters left.
16.

Does your organisation experience any challenges in recruiting suitably skilled UK/Irish workers? If yes, please provide details/examples in the comment box.

Yes
No
  • Comment:

  • 500 characters left.
17.

How has your business benefited (if applicable) from the ability to engage EEA nationals (excluding UK and Irish nationals)? (Tick all that apply and please use the comment box to give any examples)

Access to required experience, skills and qualifications (not readily / sufficiently available in the UK-national workforce)
Access to larger talent pool (greater choice when recruiting)
Upskilling of domestic workforce (through sharing skills / experience / training of UK workers)
Enhancing productivity / growth
Strengthening international links (eg better access to / understanding of overseas markets for products)
Language abilities
Diversity
Lower labour costs than UK / Irish workers
Ease of transferability of workers between EU sites/offices
Other  
  • Comment:

  • 500 characters left.
Section 3: Providing Services in the EU
Free movement also allows UK organisations to deploy UK national workers elsewhere in the EU to provide services. 
 
18.

If your business provides services elsewhere in the EU (whether internally to another business in your group, or externally to clients), what impact would it have on your organisation if UK workers were restricted in providing your organisation's services in other EU Member States (for example if a form of work permit was required)?  Please use the comment box to give details/examples.

Severe impact
Significant impact
Some impact
No impact
Unsure
  • Comment:

  • 500 characters left.
Section 4: Future Immigration System
 
There are several immigration models that the Government is considering to control migration of EEA workers post Brexit.

Existing Tier 2 Sponsorship System
Tier 2 currently enables organisations to sponsor non-EEA migrants to work in the UK. Key features of Tier 2 include:

- Employer must hold a sponsor licence and comply with ongoing reporting/record-keeping duties.
- Minimum skill level of RQF level 6 (highly skilled, graduate level).
- Minimum salary thresholds (at least £30,000 for new hires and £41,500 for intracompany transfers).
- Resident labour market test usually required for new hires (28-days advertising).
- Migrants must apply for immigration permission before starting the job.
- Government fees include: application filling fee, Immigration Skills Charge and Immigration Health Surcharge. This amounts to up front charges of at least £7,300 for a 5-year sponsored worker or £13,800 if accompanied by a spouse and two children.

Separate Rules for EEA Nationals
Alternatively the Government may create new rules for EEA workers. There are numerous forms this could take such as worker registration. This may be as simplistic as requiring workers to have a confirmed job or may involve restrictions such as a minimum skill or salary threshold which could also vary for different sectors / occupations.
 
19.
Please rate the impact the following features may have on your organisation if they applied to the future immigration system for EEA nationals.
 Unsure No impact Some impact Significant impact Severe impact 
Increased administrative burden to gain permission to employ the worker
Ongoing administrative duties (throughout employment)
High cost (thousands)
Some cost (hundreds)
Time delays
Restricted to highly skilled workers
Restricted to medium and highly skilled workers
Minimum salary thresholds
Cap on number of EEA workers
Section 5: The Impact of Brexit
 
20.

As a result of Brexit, have you considered/would you consider moving part or all of your business activity outside the UK? (Tick all that apply and please give details/examples in comment box)

Yes, to an existing entity in the EU
Yes, to a new entity in the EU
Yes, to an existing entity elsewhere (outside the UK and the EU)
Yes, to a new entity elsewhere (outside the UK and the EU)
No
  • Comment:

  • 500 characters left.
21.

If yes, please give reasons. (Tick all that apply)

Ease of access to workforce
Ability to operate within the single market
General economic conditions
To maintain existing links / customers / contacts
As a precaution to provide greater certainty
Other  
22.

Have you noticed any of the following changes in the recruitment/retention of EEA nationals since the referendum on 23 June 2016? (Tick all that apply)

Loss of EEA staff
Decrease in applications received from EEA nationals
Increase in applications received from EEA nationals
Greater need to sponsor non-EEA workers
Projects are being outsources overseas
Greater reluctance of EEA nationals to accept job offers
More EEA nationals enquiring about sponsorship in order to work in your organisation
Other  
  • Comment:

  • 500 characters left.
23.
Please provide any details/examples of how your organisation may be impacted by restrictions of hiring EEA nationals.
 

1000 characters left.
24.

Are there any concerns/priorities/recommendations your organisation has regarding the UK's immigration system post Brexit you would like us to raise?


 

1000 characters left.
Section 6: Details
 
25.

Does your organisation intend to submit evidence to the MAC directly?

Yes
No
Required 26.

Please provide your details below. (Optional - please note that it would be extremely helpful for us to know your organisation and position when evaluating the data. Any data used in our consultation response to the MAC will be on an anonymised basis)


First Name:
Last Name:
Job Title:
Company Name:
Email Address:
emailaddress@xyz.com