Is Facebook the Future for Recruiters?

Facebook is currently testing a new product which will see Facebook formally enter the job ad market. This new product will allow recruiters to post job adverts within Facebook, including salary, job information and a Apply Now function. Candidates will be able to view and apply for job adverts using their Facebook account, with personal details automatically filled in from their Facebook profile.

A statement from a Facebook spokesperson, “based on behavior we’ve seen on Facebook, where many businesses post about their job openings on their company Page, we’re running a test for Page Admins to create job postings and receive applications from candidates.”

Many recruiters already vet candidates via their social media accounts, as well as posting job adverts on Facebook, but this new product will bring a closer and direct link between recruiters and potential candidates. Recruiters will also be able to pay to target their job ad out to specific Facebook users, which will see a direct competition with LinkedIn’s paid job ad product.

In addition last month Facebook unveiled a new business product designed entirely for the office named Workplace. It is a tailored version of the social network for inter-office communication, where employees can post status updates, photos and videos, “like” and comment on posts within their feed and chat with colleagues. Workplace is separate from Facebook, and employees do not need a Facebook account to use Workplace.

Changes to the UK Immigration Rules

On the 3 November 2016, the UK government announced changes to the Immigration Rules which will affect applications made on or after 24 November 2016. The Home Office are making the following changes which will affect a number of categories.

Tier 2
The first of 2 phases of changes to Tier 2, announced by the government in March following a review by the Independent Migration Advisory Committee.

  • Increasing the Tier 2 (General) salary threshold for experienced workers to £25,000, with some exemptions.
  • Increasing the Tier 2 (Intra-Company Transfer) salary threshold for short term staff to £30,000.
  • Reducing the Tier 2 (Intra-Company Transfer) graduate trainee salary threshold to £23,000 and increasing the number of places to 20 per company per year.
  • Closing the Tier 2 (Intra Company Transfer) skills transfer sub-category.

These changes will come into effect for all certificates of sponsorship assigned by Tier 2 sponsors on or after 24 November 2016. The date from which intra company transfers will be liable for the health surcharge will be announced in due course.

Tier 4
A number of changes are being made, including amendments to the academic progression rule, maintenance requirements for the Doctorate Extension Scheme and evidence of overseas qualifications, UK qualifications used as evidence, and a series of minor and technical adjustments.

English Language Requirement
As announced in January 2016, a new English language requirement at level A2 of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages is being introduced for non-EEA partners and parents. This affects those applying to extend their stay after 2.5 years in the UK on a 5-year route to settlement under Appendix FM (Family Member) of the Immigration Rules. The new requirement will apply to partners and parents whose current leave under the family Immigration Rules is due to expire on or after 1 May 2017.

We will keep you updated with more information as it is released.