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Need of the hour

The ‘Brexit’ movement which started in 2016 has swamped the nation and continues to keep the people in its grip even into 2020. If Brexit brought some people together, it has created some divide too. In the midst of this chaos, how confused or clear are you that, you can do your business as usual? How confident are you that you will be able to find the required human resources to sustain your business interests?

It is known from the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) that, employers in the United Kingdom (UK) are still experiencing a tough time unable to fill a high proportion of vacancies. Among organisations advertising vacancies, 67% reported that they were having difficulty in filling at least some of these. This is compared to the 51% in spring 2017. Also, more than a third of the UK residents believe that Brexit would affect their current employment in a negative way, and only a negligible 3 percent of respondents think otherwise.

Globally Oriented Research, Education and Development (GORED) Services Limited is here to help, because what you as employers are thinking matters. We understand the challenges you are facing and are likely to face and we are here to help ease that for you. We will be helpful to facilitate and also provide access to talented professionals who have transferable knowledge, skills and experience from India. This, we believe can help stabilise and sustain your business interests and even take it to new heights in the coming years.

GORED can play a pivotal role in connecting employers in the UK with prospective employees in India. We understand both the worlds and we are able to guide you through the processes that are required in finding suitable employees, including guidance on Tier 2 (General work visa) as all of these jobs fall within the category of Shortage of Occupations List (SOL). This enables the UK employers to sponsor their employees from overseas like India.

Britain-India relationship

Indians comprise about 1.4 million people in the UK making them the single largest ethnic minority population in the country. This equates to 2.3 % of the total UK population. The British Indian community is the sixth largest Indian diaspora behind Indian communities in the United States of America (USA), Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and Nepal.

Official figures show that Indian employees have the highest average hourly pay rate among all ethnic groups in Britain. A study in 2011 found British Indians have among the lowest poverty rates among ethnic groups in Britain. More studies and official figures have demonstrated that Indians are more likely to be employed in professional and managerial occupations, than all other ethnic groups, including white British. According to 2017 Annual Population Survey, 31% of Indians occupy professional jobs which demonstrate the significant contribution made by Indians to the British economy and its growth over the years.

There are startling similarities between India and the UK education system where most of the qualifications are recognised as being at par with the UK standards especially professional courses, which are taught and tested in English. Also, India claims to be the world’s second largest English-speaking country, which is likely to surpass USA in the near future. From the colonial period to continued Commonwealth Nation status, both the countries have flourished supporting each other with significant Indo-Britain relationships.

In the past few years, the success of Indian Information Technology (IT) professionals across the world has created trust in the people’s intellectual ability overseas. It has been a major factor in branding India as a source of well-educated and hard-working professionals, rather than a poverty-ridden country. This ‘new India’ brand explains several countries’ increased interest in recruiting Indian graduates and professionals, which also propagated India’s attractiveness as a partner for trade and investment.

Since the UK joined the European Union (EU) there have been a few norms placed on Indian workforce which restricted their entry into the UK. But this is all set to change now as the skill gap among professionals in the UK skills gap continues to bite; there is a pressing need for skilled professionals especially in health, engineering, teaching and social work sectors. As a strategic trading partner post-Brexit, the UK is looking towards India as it’s ‘power house’ and a few steps have been taken towards the same including – fast track visas for health professionals. Employers in the UK can take advantage of this opportunity.