Posts Tagged ‘Brexit’

HR Brexit Update

Tuesday, November 13th, 2018

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Workers from the EU who are flooding out of the UK are looking to Ireland as an escape route – but a move to the Republic will only make financial sense for a select few.

Trayc Keevans, global foreign direct investment director at Morgan McKinley told Fora her firm’s most recent employment monitor shows there has been a 12-month peak in the number of professionals registering for opportunities in Ireland.

UK-based financial services and tech professionals were the largest groups showing an interest in Ireland, while those in similar roles from the continent were also likely to be weighing a move here.

“The higher-earning professionals that are coming in, they are not experiencing the challenges that we’re reading about (housing),” Keevans said.

“Indeed research shows that global jobseekers looking for jobs in technology have not been put off by Brexit just yet.

“This suggests that Britain could keep its position as a global tech magnet in a post-Brexit world, provided that the economy continues to grow, and migration policy is sufficiently flexible to accommodate an internationally mobile skilled workforce.”

We want to support you in getting your business HR Brexit Ready and managing the dynamics that will begin to present themselves as the transition continues.

Email HRBrexit@voltedge.ie to see how we can help your business understand Brexit and be ready for its impacts.

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HR Brexit Update

Tuesday, October 16th, 2018

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The construction industry is the hardest hit sector by a decline of interest among job seekers from EU countries in working in the UK.

According to the global job site Indeed, inquiries from EU countries for construction jobs have fallen by 42% since 2015, the year in which the bill allowing for the referendum to take place became law.

Indeed analysed the number of job searches by people in EU countries and found interest in UK jobs fell sharpest among job seekers. Here’s an update on the searches for jobs in the UK from the following countries:

  • Ireland down 44%
  • Poland down 26%,
  • while searches from France, Italy and Spain have generally held the same as before.

We want to support you in getting your business HR Brexit Ready and managing the dynamics that will begin to present themselves as the transition continues.

Email HRBrexit@voltedge.ie to see how we can help your business understand Brexit and be ready for its impacts.

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HR Brexit Update

Monday, September 24th, 2018

As we continue to watch the Brexit story unfold and the various challenges that still remain, the question of another Brexit vote and the possibility of a hard border still dominates much of the discussions. Our expert panel on Immigration, Employment Law, HR and Talent continue to monitor the ongoing demands Brexit is having on staffing and employees.

We are assessing the recent proposals and what they could mean for employers and employees, and continuing to encourage our clients to mobilise their Brexit Working Groups and Management Teams to stay abreast of the ongoing dialogue between the EU and Britain so that they are best placed and ready to manage the outcome of any agreement being reached.

For advice and guidance on the key issues for staff and access to talent, get in touch with us at HRBrexit@voltedge.ie .

HR Brexit Update

Monday, August 27th, 2018

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Get your Business HR Brexit Ready

It is widely accepted that companies need to begin planning for a ‘hard Brexit’, or even a ‘no-deal’ scenario.

A recent Ibec survey showed that over one in five companies already have contingency plans in place for Brexit, and just over half will have plans in place over the coming months. That still leaves 47% of the companies surveyed with no plan at all.

We want to support you in getting your business HR Brexit Ready and managing the dynamics that will begin to present themselves as the transition continues.

Email HRBrexit@voltedge.ie to see how we can help your business understand Brexit and be ready for its impacts.

HR Brexit Update

Monday, July 16th, 2018
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Brexit Secretary David Davis has quit, plunging Prime Minister Theresa May’s government into crisis.

Just two days after Theresa May appeared to have gotten her Cabinet behind her over Brexit, she now faces the biggest crisis of the past year. Mr Davis’s exit could embolden Brexiteer backbenchers with concerns over her leadership.

David Davis said the “career-ending” decision was a personal one but he felt the UK was “giving away too much and too easily” to the EU in the negotiations.

We want to support you in getting your business HR Brexit Ready and managing the dynamics that will begin to present themselves as the transition continues.

Email HRBrexit@voltedge.ie to see how we can help your business understand Brexit and be ready for its impacts.

HR Brexit Update

Monday, June 18th, 2018

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Get your Business HR Brexit Ready

Simon Coveney TD, Tánaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade, updated prominent business and political leaders from across the UK and Ireland on the Government’s current approach to Brexit negotiations at the Chamber’s annual networking dinner on Wednesday 30 May.

The dinner brought together 450 influential figures from the worlds of business, investment and politics to hear the keynote speech by the Tánaiste and an update from Eoin O’Neill, President of the British Irish Chamber of Commerce as to how businesses can mitigate risks associated with the current uncertainty in Brexit talks.

Addressing the dinner, Simon Coveney TD, said: “Thanks to the work of businesses like those represented here, our trading relationship is thriving – and this Government continues to do everything in its power to ensure that this remains the case. The UK has always been our one of closest partners, and we hope to continue this strong relationship after Brexit. Ireland has been clear in our position that a positive relationship between the EU and the UK, and between Ireland and the UK, is in all of our interests. A prosperous Britain is good for Ireland, and indeed vice versa. It is this firmly-held belief that informs our approach to the Brexit negotiations.”

We want to support you in getting your business HR Brexit Ready and managing the dynamics that will begin to present themselves as the transition continues.

Email HRBrexit@voltedge.ie to see how we can help your business understand Brexit and be ready for its impacts.

HR Brexit Update

Monday, May 14th, 2018

Are Irish Companies actively engaged in Brexit planning?

In a recent survey conducted by IBEC, the main findings show that a large majority of companies are now actively engaged in Brexit planning – which is good news.

  • 21% of the 176 respondents have contingency plans in place,
  • Over 53% stating that they will have plans in place over the coming months.
  • However – the focus is very much on the commercial and distribution aspect, with companies concerned about customs and certification barriers – 32% identified this as a top concern, future regulatory divergence (13%) and exchange rate volatility (13%).

With regard to employees, nearly 50% of the companies expect shortages in foreign language and culture awareness, with 44% of these planning to address these gaps through external recruitment. 67% stated that EU worker access is important.

Voltedge Management works with our clients to review the impact of Brexit on recruitment, employment, employee management and skills and culture issues, and we will be hosting an event focused on this in September with our event partners, Morgan McKinley, Fragomen, Ronan Daly Jermyn and European Movement Ireland. If you would like to attend this session, just let us know at info@voltedge.ie and we will put you on the invitation list.

HR Brexit Update – Brexit Guide

Monday, April 16th, 2018
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European Movement Ireland have compiled a list of the top 100 Brexit-related terms and translated them into clear and digestible language. The guide’s aim is to provide definitions of the words that dominate the Brexit discourse and act as a handy resource to help in deciphering the complexities of Brexit.

VIEW GUIDE HERE.

The Brexit journey will impact all businesses, whether trading with the UK or not, the broad implications of our closest neighbour no longer being part of the EU requires a HR Brexit strategy for all businesses and especially if companies are working with an international team or client base.

We want to support you in getting your business HR Brexit Ready and managing the dynamics that will begin to present themselves as the transition continues.

Email HRBrexit@voltedge.ie to see how we can help your business understand Brexit and be ready for its impacts.

HR Brexit Update

Tuesday, April 3rd, 2018
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The number of EU workers actively searching for jobs in the UK has fallen by more than 11% since the referendum in June 2016.

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The Brexit journey will impact all businesses, whether trading with the UK or not, the broad implications of our closest neighbour no longer being part of the EU requires a HR Brexit strategy for all businesses and especially if companies are working with an international team or client base.

We want to support you in getting your business HR Brexit Ready and managing the dynamics that will begin to present themselves as the transition continues.

Email HRBrexit@voltedge.ie to see how we can help your business understand Brexit and be ready for its impacts.

HR Brexit Update

Monday, March 12th, 2018
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Research from ILM, which looked at the training budgets and preferences of 1,000 HR decision makers in the UK, reveals that 58% of those surveyed feel middle and senior managers would be unwilling to be seen as an apprentice.

The main reasons are “reputation and image” of apprenticeships (53%) and the implication that it means they need additional support (41%).

Only one third (37%) of UK businesses are very confident about their long-term supply of leaders and managers in their organisation. The research also indicates the problem is more acute in smaller businesses, where 73% believe middle and senior managers wouldn’t be willing to be seen as an apprentice.

The Brexit journey will impact all businesses, whether trading with the UK or not, the broad implications of our closest neighbour no longer being part of the EU requires a HR Brexit strategy for all businesses and especially if companies are working with an international team or client base.

We want to support you in getting your business HR Brexit Ready and managing the dynamics that will begin to present themselves as the transition continues.

Email HRBrexit@voltedge.ie to see how we can help your business understand Brexit and be ready for its impacts.

HR Brexit Update

Monday, February 19th, 2018
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Get your Business HR Brexit Ready

Abrivia 2018 Annual Salary Survey and Economic Analysis compiled data from over 7,400 client contacts and over 45,000 candidates. Here are the key findings on the questions of BREXIT:

  • People do not seem overly concerned about Brexit and its implications;
  • 42% firms agree that their supply chain will be disrupted due to Brexit;
  • ICT employers are becoming increasingly concerned about the implications of Brexit with mobility being a major worry;
  • Ireland exports around 17% of GDP to the UK;
  • Ireland exports 270k tonnes of beef to the UK, 50% of all production, representing €2.5bn per annum;
  • At present 50% of all international mail comes via the UK. 

The Brexit journey will impact all businesses, whether trading with the UK or not, the broad implications of our closest neighbour no longer being part of the EU requires a HR Brexit strategy for all businesses and especially if companies are working with an international team or client base.

We want to support you in getting your business HR Brexit Ready and managing the dynamics that will begin to present themselves as the transition continues.

Email HRBrexit@voltedge.ie to see how we can help your business understand Brexit and be ready for its impacts.

HR Brexit Update

Monday, February 12th, 2018
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Get your Business HR Brexit Ready

If the UK insists on leaving a customs union with the EU it will result in a significant disruption to trade. While the December deal should protect all-island supply chains, new barriers to east-west trade with Britain would be a major blow to the food industry. Prepared consumer food (PCF) companies are particularly exposed. 

The Brexit journey will impact all businesses, whether trading with the UK or not, the broad implications of our closest neighbour no longer being part of the EU requires a HR Brexit strategy for all businesses and especially if companies are working with an international team or client base.

We want to support you in getting your business HR Brexit Ready and managing the dynamics that will begin to present themselves as the transition continues.

Email HRBrexit@voltedge.ie to see how we can help your business understand Brexit and be ready for its impacts.

HR Brexit Update

Monday, February 5th, 2018
Get your Business HR Brexit Ready

Get your Business HR Brexit Ready

Just months before the UK is scheduled to leave the EU in March 2019, less than a third of companies are aware of the serious sanctions in place for non-compliance to strict ‘right to work’ rules for overseas workers, from fines to prison sentences for Directors, or even instant closure – not least the potential impact to business’ reputation. Read more HERE.

The Brexit journey will impact all businesses, whether trading with the UK or not, the broad implications of our closest neighbour no longer being part of the EU requires a HR Brexit strategy for all businesses and especially if companies are working with an international team or client base.

We want to support you in getting your business HR Brexit Ready and managing the dynamics that will begin to present themselves as the transition continues.

Email HRBrexit@voltedge.ie to see how we can help your business understand Brexit and be ready for its impacts.

HR Brexit Update

Monday, January 29th, 2018
Get your Business HR Brexit Ready

Get your Business HR Brexit Ready

The Bar of Ireland believes Ireland can become a leading legal services centre if the Government can encourage private companies to use Irish law in the drafting of contracts.

The Brexit journey will impact all businesses, whether trading with the UK or not, the broad implications of our closest neighbour no longer being part of the EU requires a HR Brexit strategy for all businesses and especially if companies are working with an international team or client base.

We want to support you in getting your business HR Brexit Ready and managing the dynamics that will begin to present themselves as the transition continues.

Email HRBrexit@voltedge.ie to see how we can help your business understand Brexit and be ready for its impacts.

HR Brexit Update

Monday, January 22nd, 2018
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Get your Business HR Brexit Ready

Leaving the European Union without a deal in 2019 could cost Britain almost half a million jobs, a report found as London’s key finance industry vacancies also plummeted the most in three years.

The Brexit journey will impact all businesses, whether trading with the UK or not, the broad implications of our closest neighbour no longer being part of the EU requires a HR Brexit strategy for all businesses and especially if companies are working with an international team or client base.

We want to support you in getting your business HR Brexit Ready and managing the dynamics that will begin to present themselves as the transition continues.

Email HRBrexit@voltedge.ie to see how we can help your business understand Brexit and be ready for its impacts.

HR Brexit Update

Monday, January 15th, 2018
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Get your Business HR Brexit Ready

Goldman Sachs Group Inc., JPMorgan Chase & Co. and Morgan Stanley are on a hiring drive in Frankfurt as global investment banks race to establish new headquarters inside the European Union in time for Brexit.

The Brexit journey will impact all businesses, whether trading with the UK or not, the broad implications of our closest neighbour no longer being part of the EU requires a HR Brexit strategy for all businesses and especially if companies are working with an international team or client base.

We want to support you in getting your business HR Brexit Ready and managing the dynamics that will begin to present themselves as the transition continues.

Email HRBrexit@voltedge.ie to see how we can help your business understand Brexit and be ready for its impacts.

HR Brexit Update

Monday, January 8th, 2018
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Get your Business HR Brexit Ready

Two-thirds of UK businesses questioned in a survey were unaware what documents they needed to keep on file for sponsored overseas workers. 95% of company sponsors were not reporting all the required changes in circumstances for sponsored workers, a report commissioned by immigration law firm Migrate UK found.

The Brexit journey will impact all businesses, whether trading with the UK or not, the broad implications of our closest neighbour no longer being part of the EU requires a HR Brexit strategy for all businesses and especially if companies are working with an international team or client base.

We want to support you in getting your business HR Brexit Ready and managing the dynamics that will begin to present themselves as the transition continues.

Email HRBrexit@voltedge.ie to see how we can help your business understand Brexit and be ready for its impacts.

HR Brexit Update

Tuesday, January 2nd, 2018
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Get your Business HR Brexit Ready

The EUROCHAMBRES Economic Survey saw the impact of Brexit as the number one concern for Irish businesses for 2018, yet at the same time only 9.2% of all the businesses surveyed across Europe registered Brexit as a challenge at all. 

Read full survey here.

The Brexit journey will impact all businesses, whether trading with the UK or not, the broad implications of our closest neighbour no longer being part of the EU requires a HR Brexit strategy for all businesses and especially if companies are working with an international team or client base.

We want to support you in getting your business HR Brexit Ready and managing the dynamics that will begin to present themselves as the transition continues.

Email HRBrexit@voltedge.ie to see how we can help your business understand Brexit and be ready for its impacts.

HR Brexit Update

Monday, December 18th, 2017
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Get your Business HR Brexit Ready

Migrate UK surveyed 1,000 organisations (SMEs with 250 or less employees to large businesses with 250+ staff), who currently hold a Tier 2/Tier 5 licence to sponsor overseas workers.

  • Companies need to get ‘house in order’ to prevent loss of talent through non-compliance before the UK exits the EU
  • Key errors in ‘right to work checks, audits and job advertisements on migrant workers – only 7% of businesses advertise vacancies correctly
  • Businesses still not aware of risks and consequences of Home Office audit/compliance check, from fines to closure

The Brexit journey will impact all businesses, whether trading with the UK or not, the broad implications of our closest neighbour no longer being part of the EU requires a HR Brexit strategy for all businesses and especially if companies are working with an international team or client base.

We want to support you in getting your business HR Brexit Ready and managing the dynamics that will begin to present themselves as the transition continues.

Email HRBrexit@voltedge.ie to see how we can help your business understand Brexit and be ready for its impacts.

Brexit and beyond: The HR impact for Irish employees in the UK and UK employees in Ireland

Monday, December 18th, 2017

HR Brexit Ready London Event

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Voltedge co-hosted our third in the series of HR Brexit Ready seminars to a packed audience of over 80 people in central London on January 23.

Brexit and beyond: The HR impact for Irish employees in the UK and UK employees in Ireland

The future status of EU citizens in the UK and UK citizens in the EU is one of the key issues in the current Brexit negotiations. The outcome of these negotiations therefore has the potential to pose disruption to Irish and UK employers. While the eventual impact of Brexit remains the subject of political negotiation, it is clear that business needs to prepare for all eventualities in terms of the impact on workers.

The seminar will feature insights on Brexit and the potential unforeseen impact from an Irish and UK perspective. Topics of discussion will include:

  • Talent acquisition and competitiveness
  • Immigration
  • HR policy and procedures
  • Employment law issues, such as pensions and terms and conditions

The event, relevant for business leaders and HR professionals, includes a panel of UK and Irish experts who identify the HR roadmap to prepare your people and your business for Brexit. Our panel includes:

Keynote speaker:

  • John McGrane, Director General, The British Irish Chamber of Commerce

Panellists:

 

 

Weekly Brexit Update

Monday, December 11th, 2017
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Get your Business HR Brexit Ready

Earlier this month, Dublin lost out in the contests for the relocation of the EU’s banking and medical regulators from London, to Paris and Amsterdam, respectively.

The Brexit journey will impact all businesses, whether trading with the UK or not, the broad implications of our closest neighbour no longer being part of the EU requires a HR Brexit strategy for all businesses and especially if companies are working with an international team or client base.

We want to support you in getting your business HR Brexit Ready and managing the dynamics that will begin to present themselves as the transition continues.

Email HRBrexit@voltedge.ie to see how we can help your business understand Brexit and be ready for its impacts.

Weekly Brexit Update

Monday, December 4th, 2017
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Get your Business HR Brexit Ready

The U.K. and the European Union are working against the clock to reach a compromise on the Irish border that will allow a breakthrough in Brexit talks.

The Brexit journey will impact all businesses, whether trading with the UK or not, the broad implications of our closest neighbour no longer being part of the EU requires a HR Brexit strategy for all businesses and especially if companies are working with an international team or client base.

We want to support you in getting your business HR Brexit Ready and managing the dynamics that will begin to present themselves as the transition continues.

Email HRBrexit@voltedge.ie to see how we can help your business understand Brexit and be ready for its impacts.

Weekly Brexit Update

Monday, November 27th, 2017
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Get your Business HR Brexit Ready

Irish Foreign Minister Simon Coveney raised the possibility of a breakthrough in Brexit talks next month, and urged the UK to make further concessions to allow talks to move to trade.

The Brexit journey will impact all businesses, whether trading with the UK or not, the broad implications of our closest neighbour no longer being part of the EU requires a HR Brexit strategy for all businesses and especially if companies are working with an international team or client base.

We want to support you in getting your business HR Brexit Ready and managing the dynamics that will begin to present themselves as the transition continues.

Email HRBrexit@voltedge.ie to see how we can help your business understand Brexit and be ready for its impacts.

Weekly Brexit Update

Monday, November 20th, 2017
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Get your Business HR Brexit Ready

Brexit could cost the U.K.’s aerospace industry 1.5 billion pounds because of increased customs checks, Parliament’s Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy Committee warned.

The Brexit journey will impact all businesses, whether trading with the UK or not, the broad implications of our closest neighbour no longer being part of the EU requires a HR Brexit strategy for all businesses and especially if companies are working with an international team or client base.

We want to support you in getting your business HR Brexit Ready and managing the dynamics that will begin to present themselves as the transition continues.

Email HRBrexit@voltedge.ie to see how we can help your business understand Brexit and be ready for its impacts.

Weekly Brexit Update

Monday, November 13th, 2017

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For Ireland there’s a dilemma – it wants to make sure there is no hard border but it also wants talks to move on to trade as it’s one of the economies most dependent on U.K. ties and a no-deal Brexit would hurt Ireland more than any other country but Britain.

The Brexit journey will impact all businesses, whether trading with the UK or not, the broad implications of our closest neighbour no longer being part of the EU requires a HR Brexit strategy for all businesses and especially if companies are working with an international team or client base.

We want to support you in getting your business HR Brexit Ready and managing the dynamics that will begin to present themselves as the transition continues.

Email HRBrexit@voltedge.ie to see how we can help your business understand Brexit and be ready for its impacts.

Weekly Brexit Update

Monday, November 6th, 2017

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An invisible border could be maintained “relatively” easily so long as Britain agrees a zero-tariff trade deal with the European Union, the Brexit secretary has said.

The Brexit journey will impact all businesses, whether trading with the UK or not, the broad implications of our closest neighbour no longer being part of the EU requires a HR Brexit strategy for all businesses and especially if companies are working with an international team or client base.

We want to support you in getting your business HR Brexit Ready and managing the dynamics that will begin to present themselves as the transition continues.

Email HRBrexit@voltedge.ie to see how we can help your business understand Brexit and be ready for its impacts.

Weekly Brexit Update

Tuesday, October 31st, 2017
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The Bank of England expects Britain to lose up to 75,000 financial services jobs after the country leaves the European Union in 2019, the BBC reported.

The Brexit journey will impact all businesses, whether trading with the UK or not, the broad implications of our closest neighbour no longer being part of the EU requires a HR Brexit strategy for all businesses and especially if companies are working with an international team or client base.

We want to support you in getting your business HR Brexit Ready and managing the dynamics that will begin to present themselves as the transition continues.

Email HRBrexit@voltedge.ie to see how we can help your business understand Brexit and be ready for its impacts.

Weekly Brexit Update

Monday, October 23rd, 2017

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According to RDJ Employment PartnerJennifer Cashman, “Businesses must focus their Brexit impact assessments on their greatest asset – their people. Irish employers with operations in the UK, and vice versa, must review and audit their staffing arrangements to identify any necessary restructuring. Employment contracts, secondment arrangements and expatriate arrangements must all form part of this audit process to identify the potential impact of Brexit on existing arrangements. Employers also need to be cognisant of the potential impact of Brexit on pensions, staff retention and succession planning and determine what steps need to be taken to mitigate the impact and risks.”

The Brexit journey will impact all businesses, whether trading with the UK or not, the broad implications of our closest neighbour no longer being part of the EU requires a HR Brexit strategy for all businesses and especially if companies are working with an international team or client base.

We want to support you in getting your business HR Brexit Ready and managing the dynamics that will begin to present themselves as the transition continues.

Email HRBrexit@voltedge.ie to see how we can help your business understand Brexit and be ready for its impacts.

Weekly Brexit Update

Monday, October 16th, 2017

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Bank of Ireland published a Brexit guide – Protecting against currency risk. The first step towards managing currency risk is to understand and quantify the exposure your business is open to. You need to review your costs and revenues to understand how exposed profit margins are to any changes in foreign currency rates.

The Brexit journey will impact all businesses, whether trading with the UK or not, the broad implications of our closest neighbour no longer being part of the EU requires a HR Brexit strategy for all businesses and especially if companies are working with an international team or client base.

We want to support you in getting your business HR Brexit Ready and managing the dynamics that will begin to present themselves as the transition continues.

Email HRBrexit@voltedge.ie to see how we can help your business understand Brexit and be ready for its impacts.

Weekly Brexit Update

Monday, October 9th, 2017

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According to Chambers Ireland Chief Executive Ian Talbot, Ireland and the UK are on the same page when it comes to wanting no physical border and prioritising the need for efficient cross-border trade, while making maximum use of available technology and SME friendly arrangements.

The Brexit journey will impact all businesses, whether trading with the UK or not, the broad implications of our closest neighbour no longer being part of the EU requires a HR Brexit strategy for all businesses and especially if companies are working with an international team or client base.

We want to support you in getting your business HR Brexit Ready and managing the dynamics that will begin to present themselves as the transition continues.

Email HRBrexit@voltedge.ie to see how we can help your business understand Brexit and be ready for its impacts.

Weekly Brexit Update

Monday, October 2nd, 2017

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According to Trayc Keevans, Director of Inward Investment Global with Morgan McKinley, businesses in Ireland need to be geared up to support UK citizens currently working here so as to reassure and retain them in the Irish workforce, and also to attract new skills and talent which may otherwise depart the UK in the context of Brexit. Foreign investment interest in Ireland is strong including multinationals considering Ireland as a European hub and who have already ruled out other locations. This is due largely to Ireland’s overall competitiveness, skills availability and supportive business climate which we must all work hard to promote and maintain.

The Brexit journey will impact all businesses, whether trading with the UK or not, the broad implications of our closest neighbour no longer being part of the EU requires a HR Brexit strategy for all businesses and especially if companies are working with an international team or client base.

We want to support you in getting your business HR Brexit Ready and managing the dynamics that will begin to present themselves as the transition continues.

Email HRBrexit@voltedge.ie to see how we can help your business understand Brexit and be ready for its impacts.

Businesses must get HR Brexit ready

Tuesday, September 26th, 2017

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After a successful launch in Dublin of our HR Brexit Ready programme in June with our partners – European Movement Ireland, Ronan Daly Jermyn, Fragomen, Morgan McKinley – we  visited Cork on 25th September and co-hosted an exclusive Brexit Briefing with Guest of Honour, Minister Simon Coveney, TD., Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade with responsibility for Brexit. The emphasis was very much on business’ key asset – its employees. 

The series of events on the HR perspective of Brexit brought together business leaders and HR professionals to address how companies can help their people negotiate Brexit and the challenges it may create for them.

Chairing the seminar, Noelle O’Connell, Executive Director of European Movement Ireland, said: “It’s now nearly 6 months since Prime Minister May triggered Article 50 and with less than 550 days till the UK is due to exit the EU, it is vital that Irish businesses and organisations ramp up their engagement in terms of getting ready for Brexit. This is particularly important from a people and HR perspective and it is why we’ve brought together the leading companies in Cork to devise a HR Roadmap for Brexit.
Opening the conference, keynote speaker Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade with Special Responsibility for Brexit, Mr Simon Coveney TD said: “Brexit presents unprecedented political, economic and diplomatic challenges for Ireland. The Government’s response has been unrelenting. Ireland’s concerns and priorities are fully reflected in the EU’s negotiating position. We are clear on what we want: the gains of the peace process protected, including avoiding a hard border; an orderly UK withdrawal; a sufficiently long and non-disruptive transition arrangement; and the closest possible EU-UK future relationship. We need to minimise the impact on our trade and economy. At home, the Government has already taken important steps to prepare our economy with more to come, including a new 10-year capital plan. But our businesses also need to prepare and the Government wants to help. Our enterprise agencies continue to work with companies, helping them to deal with Brexit – making them more competitive, diversifying market exposure, and up-skilling teams.”
 
Hosted in Ronan Daly Jermyn Law (RDJ) offices in Cork, RDJ Employment Partner, Jennifer Cashman noted that: “Businesses must focus their Brexit impact assessments on their greatest asset – their people. Irish employers with operations in the UK, and vice versa, must review and audit their staffing arrangements to identify any necessary restructuring. Employment contracts, secondment arrangements and expatriate arrangements must all form part of this audit process to identify the potential impact of Brexit on existing arrangements. Employers also need to be cognisant of the potential impact of Brexit on pensions, staff retention and succession planning and determine what steps need to be taken to mitigate the impact and risks.”
 
Focusing on the immigration impact for employers, Bill Foster, a Partner with Fragomen, noted that there are options for Irish and British nationals that will allow them to remain in each other’s countries post-Brexit and that should give both employers and their workers some comfort. However, he went on to say: “The August policy paper on Ireland from the British Government, saying they will maintain all rights under the Common Travel Area, is helpful for businesses to plan for Brexit, but there is an awful lot of work to be done by the UK government to satisfy all parties that the border with Northern Ireland will remain open and free from any control.”
 
HR business consultancy Voltedge’s Co-Founder, Joyce Rigby Jones, said that Voltedge suggests employers should appoint a ‘Brexit Champion’ to focus the business and have a central point of contact for employees. “Employees are our most important resource however Brexit planning continues to focus entirely on the business and financial implications – we need to re-focus on what is important”, she said.
Trayc Keevans, Director of Inward Investment Global with Morgan McKinley, was also speaking at the event. She commentated that: “There are high levels of mobility in the professional jobs market in Ireland and strong interest among potential inbound employees from the EEA including currently the UK where, in July, the UK government announced an end to freedom of movement for EU nationals by March 2019.” She added that: “Businesses in Ireland need to be geared up to support UK citizens currently working here so as to reassure and retain them in the Irish workforce, and also to attract new skills and talent which may otherwise depart the UK in the context of Brexit. Foreign investment interest in Ireland is strong including multinationals considering Ireland as a European hub and who have already ruled out other locations. This is due largely to Ireland’s overall competitiveness, skills availability and supportive business climate which we must all work hard to promote and maintain.”

This was the second of HR Brexit Events and we’d be delighted to speak to you further on any HR Brexit queries you might have and advise you on how to navigate your business and your team. Email HRBrexit@voltedge.ie.

Weekly Brexit Update

Monday, September 25th, 2017

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Brexit will have a considerable impact on our relationship with the UK and will pose many challenges. According to a recent CIPD Ireland survey of over 800 HR professionals, two-thirds (66%) reported that maintaining the free movement of labour between Ireland and the UK was either extremely important or very important for their organisation.

The Brexit journey will impact all businesses, whether trading with the UK or not, the broad implications of our closest neighbour no longer being part of the EU requires a HR Brexit strategy for all businesses and especially if companies are working with an international team or client base.

We want to support you in getting your business HR Brexit Ready and managing the dynamics that will begin to present themselves as the transition continues.

Email HRBrexit@voltedge.ie to see how we can help your business understand Brexit and be ready for its impacts.

Brexit and Beyond: Is your business HR Brexit ready?

Wednesday, September 20th, 2017

 

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Voltedge is delighted to be co-hosting an exclusive Brexit briefing on September 25th in Cork with Guest of Honour, Minister Simon Coveney, TD., Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade with responsibility for Brexit. Our panel of UK and Irish experts will identify the HR roadmap to prepare your people and your business to navigate Brexit. With employees becoming more concerned about how Brexit may impact them personally this is a critical time to give clear and appropriate direction. As the countdown for the United Kingdom’s general election continues, the outcome will have a significant impact on the Brexit process and this in turn, will impact you business.

Keynote speaker: Simon Coveney, TD, Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade with responsibility for Brexit.

The future status of EU citizens in the UK and UK citizens in the EU is one of the key issues in the current Brexit negotiations. The outcome of these negotiations has the potential to pose serious disruption to Irish businesses, and their employees, especially as the UK seeks to impose restrictions around the free movement of people. While the eventual impact of Brexit remains the subject of political negotiation, it is clear that business needs to prepare for all eventualities.

This is the second of HR Brexit Events and we’d be delighted to speak to you further on any HR Brexit queries you might have and advise you on how to navigate your business and your team.

 

DATE: Monday, 25 September, 2017

TIME: 8:00am – 8:30am Registration and light breakfast

8:30am – 10:00am Briefing and Panel Q&A

PLACE: Ronan Daly Jermyn, 2 Park Place, City Gate Park, Mahon Point, Cork

 

 Please email HRBrexit@voltedge.ie with any queries.

Weekly Brexit Update

Monday, September 18th, 2017

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There has been much discussion on what the status will be, post Brexit, of Irish nationals living and working in the UK, and UK nationals living and working in Ireland. For organisations with employees who commute over the border on a regular basis, the desire to maintain free movement arrangements and an open border are paramount. More on CIPD.

The Brexit journey will impact all businesses, whether trading with the UK or not, the broad implications of our closest neighbour no longer being part of the EU requires a HR Brexit strategy for all businesses and especially if companies are working with an international team or client base.

We want to support you in getting your business HR Brexit Ready and managing the dynamics that will begin to present themselves as the transition continues.

Email HRBrexit@voltedge.ie to see how we can help your business understand Brexit and be ready for its impacts.

Weekly Brexit Update

Monday, September 11th, 2017

brexit-update-v3The U.K.’s reputation as a good place to live and work is taking a hit from Brexit. According to an annual survey of almost 13,000 expatriates of 166 nationalities by InterNations, a network of 2.8 million expats, the country is now perceived as less friendly to foreigners and less politically stable.

The Brexit journey will impact all businesses, whether trading with the UK or not, the broad implications of our closest neighbour no longer being part of the EU requires a HR Brexit strategy for all businesses and especially if companies are working with an international team or client base.

We want to support you in getting your business HR Brexit Ready and managing the dynamics that will begin to present themselves as the transition continues.

Email HRBrexit@voltedge.ie to see how we can help your business understand Brexit and be ready for its impacts.

Weekly Brexit Update

Monday, September 4th, 2017

brexit-update-v3As part of the 1998 Good Friday Agreement that brought peace to Northern Ireland, British nationals living there are also entitled to Irish (and by extension EU) citizenship — even if they’ve never set foot south of the border. Post-Brexit, that opens up a legal and political minefield (Bloomberg).

The Brexit journey will impact all businesses, whether trading with the UK or not, the broad implications of our closest neighbour no longer being part of the EU requires a HR Brexit strategy for all businesses and especially if companies are working with an international team or client base.

We want to support you in getting your business HR Brexit Ready and managing the dynamics that will begin to present themselves as the transition continues.

Email HRBrexit@voltedge.ie to see how we can help your business understand Brexit and be ready for its impacts.

Weekly Brexit Update

Monday, August 28th, 2017

brexit-update-v3There is certainly concern as to how Brexit will affect the close economic and social relationship between Ireland and the UK.

European Movement Ireland recently shared a few interesting stats:
– Dublin-London route is busiest in Europe – 4.5 million passengers in 2015 travelled across the Irish Sea;
– Exports of Irish goods to the UK in 2016 were €13.3 billion that’s down 4%, or nearly €500m from 2015;
– Exports of Irish services to the UK in 2015 were €19.8 billion, while the UK exported €12 billion in services to the UK that year.

The Brexit journey will impact all businesses, whether trading with the UK or not, the broad implications of our closest neighbour no longer being part of the EU requires a HR Brexit strategy for all businesses and especially if companies are working with an international team or client base.

We want to support you in getting your business HR Brexit Ready and managing the dynamics that will begin to present themselves as the transition continues.

Email HRBrexit@voltedge.ie to see how we can help your business understand Brexit and be ready for its impacts.

Weekly Brexit Update

Monday, August 21st, 2017

brexit-update-v3According to the latest Labour Market Outlook findings, over one in ten (12%) private sector firms say that the UK’s decision to leave the European Union has led them to consider relocation of some or all of their business operations abroad.

Popular relocation destinations among those firms that report they are considering moving their operations overseas include the Republic of Ireland (18%), Germany (15%) and France (13%).

Almost a quarter (24%) say they will move or are considering moving operations to a country outside of the European Union. Additionally, around a third of firms (32%) that plan to relocate some or all of their operations don’t know where business activity will be re-directed.

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The Brexit journey will impact all businesses, whether trading with the UK or not, the broad implications of our closest neighbour no longer being part of the EU requires a HR Brexit strategy for all businesses and especially if companies are working with an international team or client base.

We want to support you in getting your business HR Brexit Ready and managing the dynamics that will begin to present themselves as the transition continues.

Email HRBrexit@voltedge.ie to see how we can help your business understand Brexit and be ready for its impacts.

Weekly Brexit Update

Monday, August 14th, 2017

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Allied Irish Banks says while Britain’s economy remains “relatively robust” after last year’s Brexit vote, there are “signs of weakness emerging” and the bank won’t invest more in the country until there is more clarity around U.K. leaving the EU, the Financial Times said.

The Brexit journey will impact all businesses, whether trading with the UK or not, the broad implications of our closest neighbour no longer being part of the EU requires a HR Brexit strategy for all businesses and especially if companies are working with an international team or client base.

We want to support you in getting your business HR Brexit Ready and managing the dynamics that will begin to present themselves as the transition continues.

Email HRBrexit@voltedge.ie to see how we can help your business understand Brexit and be ready for its impacts.

Weekly Brexit Update

Monday, August 7th, 2017

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Irish Prime Minister Leo Varadkar wants the Irish sea to become the post-Brexit border with the U.K., without any customs and immigration control at the land border with Northern Ireland, the Times reported.

The Brexit journey will impact all businesses, whether trading with the UK or not, the broad implications of our closest neighbour no longer being part of the EU requires a HR Brexit strategy for all businesses and especially if companies are working with an international team or client base.

We want to support you in getting your business HR Brexit Ready and managing the dynamics that will begin to present themselves as the transition continues.

Email HRBrexit@voltedge.ie to see how we can help your business understand Brexit and be ready for its impacts.

Weekly Brexit Update

Monday, July 31st, 2017

brexit-update-v3Euro clearing could stay in the U.K. after Brexit, Irish central banker Philip Lane tells The Times.

The Brexit journey will impact all businesses, whether trading with the UK or not, the broad implications of our closest neighbour no longer being part of the EU requires a HR Brexit strategy for all businesses and especially if companies are working with an international team or client base.

We want to support you in getting your business HR Brexit Ready and managing the dynamics that will begin to present themselves as the transition continues.

Email HRBrexit@voltedge.ie to see how we can help your business understand Brexit and be ready for its impacts.

Weekly Brexit Update

Monday, July 24th, 2017

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The U.K. will allow free movement for European Union citizens for up to four years after Brexit in a transitional deal, the Guardian reported.

The Brexit journey will impact all businesses, whether trading with the UK or not, the broad implications of our closest neighbour no longer being part of the EU requires a HR Brexit strategy for all businesses and especially if companies are working with an international team or client base.

We want to support you in getting your business HR Brexit Ready and managing the dynamics that will begin to present themselves as the transition continues.

Email HRBrexit@voltedge.ie to see how we can help your business understand Brexit and be ready for its impacts.

Get HR Brexit Ready with Voltedge Management

Monday, July 17th, 2017

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After a successful launch in Dublin of our HR Brexit Ready programme in June with our partners, European Movement Ireland, Ronan Daly Jermyn, Fragomen, Morgan McKinley, we will be visiting Cork and London in the early Autumn, speaking to Business Leaders, HR Professionals and local decision makers from Global Organisations, providing insight and advice on all of the HR related factors that need to be managed to ensure a successful Brexit journey.

We are very interested in hearing from anyone with specific HR Brexit needs, and our team of HR experts, employment law experts, immigration and talent experts are at hand to provide support and advice, don’t hesitate to get in touch with us. Email info@voltedge.ie or ring the office (0)1 525 2914.

Getting HR Brexit Ready

Wednesday, June 28th, 2017

Voltedge – in partnership with Fragomen (global immigration specialists), Ronan Daly Jermyn Solicitors and Morgan McKinley International Recruitment – held a breakfast session on Thursday 15th June. Chaired by Noelle O’Connell, Director of European Movement Ireland, the invitees were given great insight and support in their planning towards Brexit and Beyond.

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With 400,000 Irish people living and working in UK, and 114,000 UK passport holders resident in Ireland, many companies do not realise that they have potential issues looming in terms of freedom of travel, employment issues and real employee concerns over the impact of Brexit on them.

The Brexit journey will impact all businesses, whether trading with the UK or not, the broad implications of our closest neighbour no longer being part of the EU requires a HR Brexit strategy for all businesses and especially if companies are working with an international team or client base. Placing Brexit high on the HR Agenda is critical and Voltedge listed some of the key areas businesses need to consider alongside the commercial and economic business issues:

  • Communications: Develop a communication plan for employees, to ensure they are assured of your support and guidance on all personal related issues associated with Brexit, e.g. freedom to travel, family citizenship, pensions and benefits etc.
  • Internal staff dynamic: Includes being understanding of the potential issues and risks that employees may have in relation to colleagues and their political views, Brexit opinions, nationality and citizenship issues.
  • Management Support and Capability: Managers need to fully understand the implications of Brexit and have the training and capability to support employees.
  • Data protection: It is critical that every employer understands the data protection requirements and also the associated risks and challenges that will ensue with the onset of Brexit.
  • Policies: Employers need to review their policies that are impacted by Brexit – such as ‘Diversity in the Workplace’.

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The Brexit journey is an ever changing and challenging one, we want to support you in getting your business HR Brexit Ready and managing the dynamics that will begin to present themselves as the transition continues. Ring the office 01-5252914 or email info@voltedge.ie to see how we can help your business become HR Brexit Ready.

Is Your Business HR Brexit Ready?

Wednesday, May 24th, 2017

Voltedge is delighted to be co-hosting an event on June 15th where our panel of UK and Irish experts will identify the HR roadmap to prepare your people and your business to navigate Brexit. With employees becoming more concerned about how Brexit may impact them personally this is a critical time to give clear and appropriate direction. As the countdown for the United Kingdom’s general election continues, the outcome will have a significant impact on the Brexit process and this in turn, will impact you business. 

This is the first of HR Brexit Events and we’d be delighted to speak to you further on any HR Brexit queries you might have and advise you on how to navigate your business and your team.

Please email admin@voltedge.ie with any queries.

Your HR Questions Answered

Wednesday, May 24th, 2017

We aim to give our readers and followers the best advice when it comes to managing people effectively and every month you can read a digest of some HR questions that might be relevant for you.

Q: We have just re-designed our new Employee Handbook and updated it. We have issued it to all our employees and one employee has said she is refusing to sign the form that states she has read, understands, and agrees to abide by the handbook – what should I do?

A: If you are not making any significant changes it is surprising that she is not agreeing to sign it. We would suggest that you sit down and talk to her and ask her why she has a problem with this. Does she have a genuine concern about a policy – if so, what is it – can you resolve the issue? Does she have some other grievance that she has not discussed?

If she is just being belligerent, we would suggest that you ask her politely one last time, and if she refuses, ask her to confirm verbally that she has read the handbook, then write a note to her personnel file stating this. However, we would advise that there must be an underlying issue, so suggest you keep talking to her to understand her issue(s).

Q: With Brexit looming, we want to check if all our sales employees have Irish or EU passports – we are a sales organisation and we frequently expect our sales guys to travel to UK, Europe and further so having a passport that is easy to get into countries with is essential. What should we do about this?

A: What about having a ‘Bring your passport to work’ day? Inform your employees that it is important to have details of their passports when they are travelling (in case they lose their passport, become ill or there are any problems abroad). If any employee is unhappy with doing this, talk to them and explain why it is important for you as the employer to have a copy of their passport. If they have a passport that may cause difficulties in the future after Brexit – at least you can then have a plan to deal with this.

If you need advice on HR issues, drop us an email at info@voltedge.ie or contact the office for any additional information 01-5252914.