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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News and features

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Make ethnicity pay reporting mandatory from 2023, says CIPD

Parliament will today debate a public petition to make ethnicity pay gap reporting mandatory for large companies. The CIPD is backing the proposal and publishing a new guide for employers.

Short-and long-term accommodation

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UK house prices hit new record high

Average house prices across the UK reached a record high in August, even though the annual rate of price inflation slowed slightly, according to the latest property index from lenders Halifax.

Immigration

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London mayor joins call for easier visas

Pressure on the government to relax its post-Brexit immigration rules has increased following a call from Sadiq Khan, the mayor of London, for the creation of of a 'Covid Recovery Visa' to address the nation's acute labour shortages.

Education

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InterHigh

InterHigh is an independent British international online school offering Primary, Secondary and Sixth Form education, catering for students aged 7 – 19.

In the informative and lively webinar below, Relocate’s, Fiona Murchie explores with Professor Sara de Freitas and Esther Clark from InterHigh, what exceptional online schools look like and why virtual schooling is fast becoming a solution for many international families.
Relocate Global\'s webinar with InterHigh, the leading UK online school

Best online schooling for expatriate families

Discover why online schooling is proving to be a real solution for relocating families, employers with an international assignee population and the relocation professionals supporting their move.
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On the move supporting the smooth transition of a child's education

Throughout a child’s life, one of the biggest factors that shape so many key decisions and opportunities is education. Therefore, when it comes to relocating, it’s vital that all the necessary steps are taken to ensure that their teaching and learning experience is as smooth as possible, with minimal disruption.

In the informative and lively webinar below, Relocate’s, Fiona Murchie explores with Professor Sara de Freitas and Esther Clark from InterHigh, what exceptional online schools look like and why virtual schooling is fast becoming a solution for many international families.
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