Local Government

We help local government employers ensure their HR function and immigration practices are both fully compliant with legal requirements and effective in supporting operations.

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Local government sector expertise

As employer solutions lawyers, we can help your organisation optimise HR performance and ensure compliance throughout the employee lifecycle.

We have extensive experience within the public sector and are fully immersed in the organisational, talent, human resource and mobility challenges facing institutional leaders and HR in this industry. 

Our specialist team of employment and immigration lawyers and HR consultants work with employers of all sizes, delivering strategic consultancy and managed services in support of their workforce planning, management and development efforts. 



Employer solutions for local government

We help employers:

  • Achieve compliant recruitment and onboarding 
  • Streamline people processes across the employee lifecycle
  • Improve organisational diversity and inclusiveness
  • Meet employment, immigration compliance and Right to Work obligations
  • Enhance internal support functions through learning and professional development programmes

Public sector talent challenges

Local governments across the UK are the backbone of communities, providing essential services from social care and waste management to education and library services. But these crucial functions face a growing threat: complex and evolving immigration compliance challenges. Navigating a restrictive system while ensuring fair and ethical employment practices can be a daunting task, impacting not only individual councils but also the quality of life for residents.

Across local government, vacancies abound, exceeding 100,000 in roles ranging from social workers and waste collectors to engineers and IT specialists. This shortage, partly fueled by demographic shifts and competitive wages in the private sector, manifests in delays, service reductions, and even closures, directly impacting residents’ well-being and council efficiency.

Local governments rely on international talent for various reasons:

Certain roles, like planning officers with specific language skills or engineers with niche expertise, often attract talent from abroad.

As communities become increasingly diverse, having staff who reflect these demographics fosters trust and understanding in service delivery.

Some sectors, like social care, face national skills shortages, making international recruitment crucial for maintaining service levels.

However, recent UK immigration policies pose significant challenges for local government employers. The points-based system makes sponsoring foreign workers expensive and cumbersome, especially for lower-skilled positions.

The SOL, which lists professions facing skills shortages, doesn’t adequately reflect local government needs. Many critical roles are excluded, limiting the talent pool.

Failure to comply with immigration regulations can have severe consequences. Breaches can lead to hefty fines, impacting budgets and further straining resources. Negative publicity or legal cases can damage public trust and harm the council’s standing within the community. And losing staff due to non-compliance can lead to service disruptions and delays, impacting residents’ quality of life.

To manage these challenges and ensure compliance, local governments need a proactive approach to navigate the evolving immigration landscape effectively.


UK Immigration for the public sector

Through our strategic advice and managed migration services, we operate in support of in-house HR teams or on a fully outsourced basis to ensure you operate competitively and in full compliance when employing overseas workers. Clients benefit from access to our immigration lawyers via a dedicated telephone support line, available weekdays from 8.30am – 6.00pm.


Employment law for local government employers

Our team of employment lawyers works with employers of all sizes to provide ongoing employment law advice, representation and strategic risk management guidance. We offer specialist, fixed fee employment law services, including access to unlimited telephone advice.


HR for local government

Our team of highly experienced HR consultants support employers to improve the performance of their HR function and enhance the overall impact of HR projects.

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