Guide

Employing migrant workers in Northern Ireland

Introduction

A migrant worker is a non-UK national who has migrated to Northern Ireland to either seek or take up employment. Migrant workers have the same protection from discrimination as UK nationals.

Employers should know how to support migrant workers. This includes understanding how to protect them from potential exploitation, discrimination and harassment.

This guide looks at recruiting migrant workers and the advantages of employing migrant workers. It includes advice on how to support migrant workers in your business. It also highlights the range of local support available for employers and migrant workers.

Important: One of the key queries facing businesses is the uncertainty over recruiting and retaining staff, especially if you employ staff from the European Union (EU). Employers can take a number of practical steps and find support to prepare for the UK leaving the EU. For more information, see Brexit support for employers.