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Resourcing for 2021 and beyond

As the world adjusts to the lasting effects of the pandemic, organisations need to change and adapt.

Businesses have been affected in different ways and whether it is starting their recovery or taking advantage of the opportunities that come from economic uncertainty, the approach to resourcing staff in 2021 will be critical.

Cost savings through redundancies, along with headcount freezes, may limit an organisation’s ability to staff for demand. Changes to the labour market since to the 2008 recession may make the ‘go to’ resourcing solutions harder. Brexit has made it more expensive to hire workers from the EU; scrutiny and regulation of flexible and ad hoc working models regularly makes headline news; and the IR35 reforms will make it more burdensome to recruit freelancers.

The pandemic has also brought about changes to our working lives that businesses and their employees wish to capitalise on. Greater flexibility in where employees work (both home and abroad) and the evolution of the ‘employment deal’ brings opportunities but it also creates risk.

Our Resourcing for 2021 and beyond hub brings together our award winning employment and immigration team’s knowledge and content and provides a practical look at all issues relating to resourcing that organisations may face.

We have significant experience advising employers on all the issues within this hub. If you’d like to talk about your workforce strategy and realising the potential in your people, please contact us.

Further reading


Policy clarifications and outstanding issues for right to work checks

03 August 2021

The current Home Office guidance for employers on carrying out right to work checks contains some important clarifications of the Home Office’s policy. These will not affect the vast majority of checks. They will however be relevant in certain circumstances, especially for checks relating to EEA nationals and family members of EEA nationals from 1 July 2021. Employers should also now prepare to return to fully compliant right to work checks from 1 September 2021.

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The right to disconnect – should employers act now?

27 July 2021

As the holiday season gets underway, most of us feel the need for a break. But should people have the right to disconnect? In the final of our three-part series of articles exploring topical holiday issues, we explore the mounting pressure on government and employers to require us to switch off.

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Getting ready for office reopening - Employment law considerations infographic

21 July 2021

Employers have various issues to consider now that full reopening is permitted from 19 July 2021. Our updated infographic highlights the key issues on re-opening offices with links to supporting guidance.


New apprenticeship funding rules – what’s changing?

15 July 2021

Employers will need to comply with new funding rules for apprenticeships starting from the beginning of August if they want to qualify for funding. We explain the main changes.

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HR headaches for the holiday season

27 May 2021

In the second article of our three-part series looking at resourcing over the holiday season, we consider some of the difficult issues that employers will be facing in this area. These range from managing quarantine and staff with built-up annual leave to contemplating new policy approaches to holidays for the longer term.


Resourcing for 2021: wider impacts of the present crisis

10 March 2021

The final instalment of our three-part series of articles exploring resourcing challenges, opportunities and trends in 2021 examines a range of employment issues including reward strategy, outsourcing and collective representation.


Resourcing for 2021: homeworking, flexibility and wellbeing

04 March 2021

In the second of our three-part series exploring resourcing challenges, opportunities and trends in 2021, we examine the trend towards homeworking and other flexible working arrangements and the growing focus on wellbeing, trust and culture.

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