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 unlawful discrimination as UK nationals.

The law does not merely ensure protection from unlawful racial discrimination, but also protection from unlawful discrimination on all of the other statutory anti-discrimination grounds; such as sex, pregnancy and maternity, married and civil partnership status, religious and similar philosophical belief, political opinion, disability, sexual orientation, gender reassignment and age.

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: 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.