International NHS Professionals Excluded from Tier 2 Visa Quota

Last week, The Home Office announced that it would be excluding doctors and nurses from the Tier 2 visa quota; the system that limits the number of skilled workers taking jobs in the UK from outside Europe.

The annual quota currently allows a total of 20,700 workers into the country. However, removing National Health Service (NHS) medics from this total will free up thousands of opportunities for private industry and educational bodies to hire the talent they need outside of Europe.

Outlined in new immigration rules presented to Parliament on 15th June; The Home Office stressed that “up to 40 per cent of Tier 2 visa places were currently taken up by NHS doctors and nurses.” Since December, over 10,000 overseas professionals have been prevented from taking up job offers in the UK because the monthly cap has been reached.

These new regulations will not just boost the NHS. But, it will free up hundreds of additional spaces a month within the monthly Tier 2 cap for other highly skilled occupations i.e. engineers; IT professionals and teachers.

Following the announcement, Home Secretary Sajid Javid said: “I recognise the pressures faced by the NHS and other sectors in recent months”. Doctors and nurses play a vital role in society and at this time we need more in the UK. That is why I have reviewed our skilled worker visa route. This is about finding a solution to increased demand and to support our essential national services.”

It is hoped that removing healthcare jobs will mean that employers do not face such stiff competition every month when recruiting for the other sectors. While employers will still need to navigate the current complex system; this reform is a positive step and means non-NHS employers have a good chance at finding badly-needed talent.

At Galleon International, we help to manage and support companies to relocate employees across the globe. Including destinations such as the United Kingdom; Singapore and Europe. As global relocation experts, our knowledge of the process of moving overseas and our experience with transfer management has helped many employees settle into their new jobs abroad.

If you would like to speak to Galleon International’s team of experts about our corporate relocation options; get in touch today on 01708 868 068.

How The Digital Revolution Will Affect The Future Workforce

A study by global relocation experts has shown that the ‘employees’ use of social media and smart technology is shaping their expectations of how workplace communication should be operated. At the same time, technology is also changing the way that organisations identify with mobile talent. As well as the way that they engage with employees from recruitment to redeployment.

They have identified a growing willingness to feedback and share information about overseas assignments amongst the younger employees. In return, these employees expect the organisations to be open. They also expect them to respond in a two-way conversation.

Following the study, the same question has been asked by experts in global mobility; are digital technologies beneficial for relocating employees?

Danny Taggart is a director in the Deloitte’s Global Workforce team. He argues that ‘digital technologies offer a massive opportunity for the global mobility function and mobile employees alike.’

“The diversity of the talent in the workforce is changing, along with employee perspectives,” he says. “Think of the ‘traditional expat’ posted overseas 20 years ago, and compare this with the expectations and the needs of millennials today. Technology is the enabler to meet the rapidly shifting demands of the modern workforce.”

Moreover, it has been argued that employee openness is a result of generational influence. For example, millennials are very conversant with mobile and digital tools. They are also comfortable with providing feedback in real-time and they expect responses in a similar time frame. Their use of technology in their personal lives has driven an expectation for the corporate services.

However, this feedback and the monitoring will only be successful if the employee feels that they are being listened to. As well as the fact that decisions are made with the feedback in mind. This is similar when it comes to relocating employees overseas.

A lot of successful overseas placements are about setting the right expectations. After all, moving abroad can be stressful and can be challenging for the employee. Therefore, it is important to ensure that the experience is positive for them.

As global relocation experts, Galleon International are constantly keeping up to date with the latest trends. They are also kept up to date with the changes that are related to moving overseas and working abroad. Our team can pass this information onto the relevant corporate moving clients. We do this to reduce the stress and the uncertainty that comes with relocating abroad.

If you would like to speak to Galleon International’s team of experts about our international moving options then contact us. Get in touch today on 01708 868 068.

Benefits of Outsourcing Your Relocation Programme with Galleon International

For companies who want to stay ahead of their competitors and attract highly-qualified employees, it is important that employers offer a well-designed corporate relocation programme.

Typically, employees look for a relocation programme that provides them with a wide range of benefits and services. This is to ensure that they have an easy and smooth move. Therefore, companies who can offer a relocation programme managed entirely in-house will face several challenges when they try to meet the demands and expectations of moving abroad for work.

There are many benefits when outsourcing relocation programmes to global relocation experts. So, here are five key challenges you may face and how using a global mobility company can help you and your employees:

1. Poor Cost Tracking

When managing your employee’s relocation in-house, you may run-away with the logistics of the relocation process. As a result, your programme costs are often forgotten about and ignored. Without an effective way of tracking your expenses; the costs of relocation will be hidden and cannot be effectively controlled or minimized.

By outsourcing this, your provider will be able to track and review your relocation budget on your behalf.

2. Multiple Managers in Various Locations

Unfortunately, local HR teams may have different interpretations of programmes and policies. This means that these variations can impact the benefits that transferees receive.

However, when you outsource to a relocation company; the experts will benefit from a central programme management with local and global support. Available at all times, you will receive a consistent and coherent programme that is supported in all locations, with no differences in interpretation.

3. Assignment Failure

All companies plan for a successful relocation experience for their transferees. To limit and, in many cases, eradicate potential failure, we actively encourage interaction at an early stage. Greater familiarity and local knowledge shared by destination industry partners can identify potential challenges and thus make the assignment all the more appealing; crucially lessening the burden of work facing in-house HR teams.

Companies can benefit from a specialised and unique programme if you were to outsource your relocation programme. As experts in relocation, they are able to provide you with information regarding tax issues, visa applications and compliance reporting.


Finally, for more information on how Galleon International can help your business with corporate relocation, get in touch today on 01708 868 068.

Why 40% of all corporate relocations fail & how to prevent this

It is common place for prosperous businesses to relocate employees for overseas assignments. This is as opposed to hiring domestic workers who may be unfamiliar with the procedures and expectations of the organisation. However, whilst moving staff abroad boasts an array of benefits such as more predictable results and enhanced opportunities for the staff members; it comes at an average cost of around £90,000 per international transfer!

It is therefore pivotal that large-scale corporations invest wisely in their procedures for relocation, this is to ensure consistent results for their working projects overseas. Despite this necessity, it has been reported that 40% of all overseas assignments are judged to be failures; 70% of these cases were attributed to family issues.

HR Departments

Although fraught relations within the family ranks as the top reason for returning home prematurely after an international relocation; there are many ways that HR departments can actively prevent the stress of relocation. One of the ways is the help from specialists who are equipped with essential knowledge so that they can prevent this stress; such as the valued staff members here at Galleon International.

In order to ease this transition and to prevent difficulties when adjusting to the new location; Galleon International Shipping offer the following invaluable services:

1. Expense management during relocation

Your employees will find peace of mind with the knowledge that their payments, rent and deposits are going to be managed in a timely manner; within budget and per all necessary regulations.

2. School search

Ensuring children are sufficiently catered for is inevitably a key priority for any parent, which will be heightened with the stress of relocation. Here at Galleon International, we provide crucial information for all of the conveniently located schools. We help to prepare application documents as well as checking for availability when required.

3. Settling in services

Furthermore, our team work hard to prepare for all necessary provisions. Our team will register the employee and their family with local doctors and dentists; as well as help to set up bank accounts and more, which will be as required by the employee.

4. Language and cross-cultural training

This training allows your employee to effectively integrate into their new location. This will enable family members to make friends and to recognise local norms quicker. These types of services are available for both adults and children.

5. Spousal assistance

Successful corporate relocations cannot happen without spousal or partner support. Therefore, Galleon International place equal importance on the needs of the employee’s partner. Galleon help to find the partners a job as well as helping to support with their healthcare should this be required.

Get in touch with our global relocation experts today on 01708 868 068 or email