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The RES FORUM Weekly Update for January 29, 2016

The 2016 Corporate Relocation Conference & Exhibition – Monday 8th Feb London UK:

29 January 2016

Come and join us at 3.15pm to see Andy Piacentini, Partner at the RES Forum, speak about “Key Trends in Global Mobility”. Andy will explore some key emerging themes from research within the RES Forum, focusing on policy, workforce planning, talent and the future of the mobility function. The full day event is free to attend and is of interest to all Global Mobility and International HR professionals. It includes a seminar programme running throughout the day as well as industry exhibitors. There are also morning seminar sessions of interest to expats living in the UK. For full details of the event, including how to sign up to attend Andy’s 3.15pm seminar, click here.

  • Important information to share with assignees or their family members in the UK who are pregnant regarding Group B Strep Infection.
  • Susan Gregory is a longstanding RES Forum member at Grant Thornton and Chair of the Executive Committee at the charity “Group B Strep Support”.

On average, one new-born baby a day in the UK develops group B Strep infection. One baby a week dies from group B Strep infection. One baby a fortnight who survives the infection is left with long-term disabilities – physical, mental or both.  It is the UK’s most common cause of severe bacterial infection in new-born babies, and of meningitis in babies under 3 months.

If your assignees are from any of these countries: Argentina, Belgium, Canada, Chile, Czech Republic, Dubai, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Italy, Japan, Kenya, Lithuania, Oman, Poland, Spain, Slovenia, Switzerland, Taiwan and the USA, they would be automatically given the gold standard test as part of their routine antenatal care.

THIS IS NOT THE CASE IN THE UK. They need to ask for the ECM test specifically. If it is not available in their NHS Trust, they might want to look into private solutions (see If they are found to be carriers, they should be offered prophylactic treatment of intravenous antibiotics in labour. I have already seen the tragic case where a Canadian only found out about this discrepancy in medical prevention after her son was born. He has severe and life-altering disabilities as a result of his GBS infection. Further details are available on this website.

MAC Recommends Tighter Controls on Non-EU Skilled Workers –  Technical Partner for Immigration services, Magrath LLP

The Migration Advisory Committee (MAC) was commissioned by The Home Secretary to provide advice on a number of potential changes to Tier 2 of the Points Based System to address the government’s concerns about the rising number of migrants using Tier 2, and the reliance on them to fill skills shortages.

This commission followed a speech by The Prime Minister on 21 May 2015 in which he said that “We should be getting to a place where we only bring in workers from outside Europe where we have a genuine skills shortage or require highly-specialist experts”. It was recognised, however, that “The UK economy benefits from highly skilled workers and we want to keep migration routes open for the brightest and best workers who will help Britain succeed”.

The MAC have issued their report today (see below for the link to the full report), which concludes that the best way for the government to achieve its aim of restricting volumes under Tier 2 and focusing on more highly skilled migrants is through price. Click here.

In the News

RES Forum Partner David Enser, Head of International Mobility and Reward Innovation at adidas Group has an interesting article on “Achieving Organisational Impact” in this week’s HR Grapevine. Click here.

Jobs Board

This week we have posted a new position on behalf of Genus who are looking for a Global Reward Director (Part Time) in London. Click here.

There’s also a host of great vacancies available on the Jobs Board, members can view all available jobs and post vacancies simply Click here.

We are delighted to welcome 4 new members joining the RES Forum this week from BDO, Freeman, Sulzer Management and Johnson Matthey.

Member Blog

We would love to hear from members who would be willing to share some snippets of information about themselves, their interests and their current roles via our new ‘Member Blog’ feature in the newsletter. Please contact us on if you would be interested and we will be able to share more information about the format and content.

Survey and Q&A Requests

The process is really simple. If you have survey requests of any size, or an individual question, just email them to questions will be actioned the same day they are received, surveys we will discuss with you agree the format and timings then issue.


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