Rahul Batra provides evidence at the House of Lords | Hudson McKenzie

Rahul Batra provides evidence at the House of Lords.

November 1, 2017 | Employment, Immigration, Latest Thinking

On Tuesday 31st October at 4:30pm, the Managing Partner of Hudson McKenzie – Rahul Batra, joined forces with global advertising company McCann to take on questions prompted by the Communications Committee at the House of Lords in the Palaces of Westminster.

The key topic of the discussion was surrounding the notion of skills, in regard to the workforce within the advertising industry. Such questions asked were;

  • How should a young person approach careers in the advertising industry?
  • Are UK citizens able to compete with talent on a global scale?
  • Is there a skill gap, especially with the shift towards digital media and how will virtual working affect employment?

From an immigration perspective, questions were also raised such as;

  • Globally, is there a specific visa profile that employers look for in an individual; i.e. Tier 1, 2, 3, 4?
  • How does the present visa system in the EU affect the advertising industry?

During the session, Rahul Batra specifically gave valuable insight into how immigration for employees shall be affected in the advertising industry, post-Brexit.

For instance, Rahul expressed that if post-Brexit all potential employees were put under the Tier 2 visa, this could cause a chaotic outcome. This is because Rahul argued that it would not be a logical choice to put all different kinds of skills of different individuals under the same skill umbrella.

So as to handle this possibility, Rahul suggests that law firms such as Hudson McKenzie will need to play a crucial role post-Brexit in consulting businesses correctly, so that they may offer sound advice that will help companies match the desired skills to the right employee, via the visa process.

Following from this, Rahul also stated that because of Brexit, EU nationals are rapidly leaving the UK due to uncertainty, in which could be detrimental to the UK economy as Brexit is stripping the UK of talent. For instance, there has noticeably been a decline of global students coming to the UK.

Furthermore, Rahul argued that global companies bring contacts from oversees to the UK, in which simultaneously creates jobs for UK citizens – meaning that global immigration is a positive feature to the working world, particularly for the advertising industry.

If you would like to know more about how immigration might be affected post Brexit, contact one of our specialised immigration solicitors on (020) 3318 5799 or email on londoninfo@hudsonmckenzie.com