United Kingdom

Brexit uncertainties notwithstanding, the UK and its constituent countries, England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland, continue to attract inward investment from across the world. The UK is also a major player in terms of global mobility, often being ranked in the top three as a destination for relocation and international assignments. Read more

Though UK manufacturing has been in decline for several decades, it remains a significant contributor to the economy, with the automobile and aerospace sectors particularly prominent.

As well as being a magnet for tourists, the country’s capital, London, is major financial centre and a top performer in global business league tables. Several other UK cities and regions, including Edinburgh, Glasgow, Manchester, Birmingham, Leeds, the Midlands and the South East, are also hubs for foreign direct investment (FDI). However, those managing talent mobility or setting up a business or a branch office in the UK will encounter a number of challenges, in areas ranging from compliance (including tax and immigration) to finding short- or long-term accommodation for relocating employees (including property to rent or buy).

In this section, we bring you up-to-the-minute news, articles, tools and resources, to help you achieve your business objectives and goals. With contributions from experts across global mobility and the relocation industry, we analyse the latest trends in UK relocation and global mobility (inbound, outbound and domestic), including the effects of the UK’s decision to leave the European Union, demographic changes, and infrastructure developments like the HS2 rail project.

We look at everything from key relocation destinations and industry sectors to talent management and finding commercial property, as well as the full spectrum of employee and family support topics, including education and international schools, and serviced apartments.

There’s plenty of practical advice, support and information for HR and global managers responsible for international assignments, and for those setting up a business or a company office in the UK.

See also our Enterprise and Mobility Industry sections. For details of suppliers of international assignment and recruitment services, as well as destination services providers and relocation management companies that support businesses on the move, see our Directory. Keep informed by subscribing to our newsletters and other publications, and look out for details of our latest study tours and fact-finding missions to destinations across the UK and Europe.

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Overseas worker 'key to UK jobs boom'

The UK jobless rate is the lowest it has been since 1974. While there are more EU nationals working in the UK now, there has been a marked increase in the number of workers from outside the EEA.


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How employers and schools can forge closer ties to nurture future talent

Marianne Curphey talks to Angela Middleton, founder of apprenticeship training provider MiddletonMurray, about the challenges facing young people heading out into the modern world of work.
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Exciting line-up of top speakers at the Festival of Global People

Join us at the 2019 Festival for networking and knowledge-sharing. We'll be discussing talent management (including shortages), new leadership models, collaborative management styles, and much more.
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The future of skills: being human

Owen Henkel, Director of Pearson Affordable Learning Fund, looks at the key findings of the report ‘Future of Skills: Employment in 2030’.

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UK housing market shrugging off Brexit blues

Despite continuing uncertainty, the extension to the Brexit deadline until the end of October has helped to kick start the UK property market, which has seen its largest April price increase since 2016.
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