Guide

Employing migrant workers in Northern Ireland

Advantages 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.
  • 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.
  • Enrichment from different cultures: creating a more diverse workforce with varied experience and ways of working.

Important: The rights and status of EU, EEA and Swiss citizens living in the UK will remain the same until 30 June 2021. EU citizens and their families can apply to the EU Settlement Scheme to continue living in the UK. Employers can take a number of practical steps to retain EU employees. For more information, see Brexit support for employers.