Moira Laws MA MSc
Chartered FCIPD
Director
Tel: (01738) 451316
Email: [email protected]

Coronavirus – help and advice informtion

Useful contacts:
www.acas.org.uk/coronavirus
www.hps.scot.nhs.uk
www.nhs24.scot
www.gov.scot
www.fitfortravel.nhs.uk
Free telephone helpline: 0800 028 2816 (for general health advice)

No change to date of UK Budget

The new Chancellor, Rishi Sunak, has announced that there will be no change to the date of the Budget.  It will be kept at 11 March as previously scheduled.

Government announces new fast-track visa system

Top international scientists, mathematicians and researchers will be able to apply to work in the UK under a fast-track visa scheme, with no cap on the number of people who can benefit.
Individuals will not need to have an offer of employment before arriving in the UK, and their visa will not be tied to a specific job.

However, low-skilled workers would not get visas under post-Brexit immigration plans.  This will have a major impact on employers in the hospitality, medical, care, agriculture and construction sectors.

National Apprenticeship Week

A study of 2000 adults in England found that apprenticeships are considered a better alternative to higher education. 73% said that apprenticeships were good at preparing young people for their future careers compared with 52% who said the same for undergraduate degrees.

Despite this, half of respondents admitted they would still consider university as a route to skills development.  Just 30% said they would undergo an apprenticeship to improve their skills.

New National Living Wage and National Minimum Wage rates from April 2020

From April 2020 the new rates will be:

NLW

Ages 25 and above:   up 6.2% to£8.72

NMW

Ages 21-24:  up 6.5% to £8.20

Ages 18-20:  up 4.9% to £6.45

Under 18’s : up 4.6% to £4.55

Apprentices:  up 6.4% to £4.15