Employing migrant workers in Northern Ireland

Advantages of employing migrant workers


A new immigration system applies to people arriving in the UK from 1 January 2021. EU citizens moving to the UK to work will need to get a visa in advance. Employers need a sponsor licence to hire most workers from outside the UK.

Please note: this requirement excludes Irish citizens and those who already have settled or pre-settled status under the EU Settlement Scheme.

See right to work checks: employing EU, EEA and Swiss citizens.

Business benefits of employing migrant workers

Migrant workers can make a positive contribution to business performance and productivity. They can also bring culturally unique and complementary skills and knowledge to your business.

Some of the advantages of employing migrant workers in your business include:

Filling skills gaps

Fulfiling existing contracts and taking on more work through new skills and talent.

Increased diversity

This can bring many advantages such as different perspectives, better problem-solving skills, increased creativity, and innovation. A diverse workforce can also help you attract talent, customers, and clients.

Knowledge sharing

Increasing access to international knowledge and supporting the upskilling of co-workers.

Expansion into new markets

Strengthening contacts in international markets and local networks through new language skills and cultural awareness.

Access a larger pool of workers

By expanding into other geographical areas you are no longer limiting the talent pool to your country. You increase your chances of finding the right employees for the job in a larger talent pool.

Better problem-solving

Hiring workers from different countries and cultures can help increase your company's problem-solving capabilities. Migrant workers can offer new perspectives on old problems helping you find new and innovative solutions.

Enrichment from different cultures

Creating a more diverse workforce with varied experiences and ways of working.

Greater flexibility

People from different cultures are often more flexible regarding working hours.