In the wake of growing concerns over immigration issues in 2021 in the finishes and interiors sector, trade body FIS, supported by Seddons, Indigo, Lignum and Bamboo Solutions hosted a webinar explaining how companies should react.

At the AGM it was revealed in data provided by economist Dr Noble Francis that EU workers had since 2018 fallen by 40% to Q3 2020, accelerated by a return home linked to COVID this year. New data from the FIS indicates that 30% of members are already experiencing labour shortages and 62.5% are concerned for what the New Year brings.

The webinar now available online here outlined how the new points based system will operate and how companies should start preparing for initial changes in January, followed by further tightening in June 2021. The event also warned of new company responsibilities and growing concerns about the potential for abuse of the system through modern slavery.

The FIS has set up a dedicated section on immigration in their Brexit Toolkit here.