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.

Changes for Swiss Businesses in Summer 2018

As from July 2018, Swiss employers must voice any job openings that have a higher than average unemployment rate. The Federal Council have announced that from 1st July; they will list any occupations with an 8% or higher unemployment rate. By 2020, industries with a 5% or higher unemployment rate will be required to notify the council of any job openings.

What is the current issue?

In 2014, Switzerland adopted an initiative called ‘Against Mass Immigration’. This initiative limits the quota of people moving to the country. However, the Swiss Parliament passed a compromise immigration law in 2016, in the hopes that the country could continue to keep its enhanced access to the European Union’s single market.

This new law required employers to advertise job opportunities in occupations that saw higher than average unemployment levels to job centres. It also prioritised the local residents for jobs that may have previously recruited from outside of the country. However, the ‘Against Mass Immigration’ initiative has since ended and the new requirements for 2018 have been brought in; this is to ensure that the local job seekers get priority over job openings than anyone else.

Who will this effect and how will it affect them?

For employers and employees based in Switzerland; the new requirement is bound to affect you. For employers looking to hire workers from outside the country; you will be expected to advertise your job openings via the local job centre. Then you will have to wait five business days before advertising elsewhere.

Once the jobcentre receives applications from the local job seekers; they must send them to the employer within three days, where you will be expected to interview the prospective candidates.

How can Galleon International help you and your business?

At Galleon International, we help to manage and support companies to relocate employees to destinations like Switzerland; Singapore and the United States. As global relocation experts; our knowledge of the process of moving overseas and our experience with transferee management has helped many employees settle into their new jobs abroad.

Therefore, if you would like to speak to the Galleon International team of experts about our corporate relocation options. 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