Manifesto for Recruiters - the best bits

The three main party manifestos include many measures but we believe the following snapshots will be of benefit to recruiters.  To get a fuller picture visit the individual party manifesto pages or have a look here:



Are committed to the following:

  • Controlled, sustainable migration down to the tens of thousands
  • Aligning the UK’s visa system with an industrial strategy through the independent Migration Advisory Committee
  • To double the Immigration Skills Charge levied on companies employing migrant workers, to £2,000 a year by the end of the parliament
  • Increasing the earnings thresholds for people wishing to sponsor migrants for family visas and toughen the visa requirements for students
  • Reducing migration from the EU while making the UK attractive to skilled workers once the UK leaves the EU.
  • Negotiating with the EU regarding the 100,000+ individuals working in the care and health system that they can carry on working in this field.


Are committed to the following:

  • Not setting a net migration target
  • Ending the freedom of movement when the UK leaves the EU
  • Excluding Students from net migration figures
  • Reinstating the Migrant Impact Fund
  • Looking at employer sponsorship, work permits and visa regulations
  • Identifying skills shortages by working with businesses, trade unions and devolved governments

Lib Dems

Are committed to the following:

  • Guaranteeing the rights of EU nationals in the UK post Brexit.
  • Tackling Modern Slavery, including training for Police and prosecutors identifying and supporting victims
  • Implementing Ewin’s report recommendations on domestic workers
  • Holding an annual debate in parliament on skill and labour shortages to identify migration required.
  • Supporting high skilled immigration for key areas of our economy.
  • Reinstating post-study work visas for overseas graduates in Science, Tech, Engineering and Maths (STEM), if work is found within six months of graduating


Conservatives have declared:

  • A commitment to keep taxes as low as possible but the pledge to freeze income tax and national insurance that appeared in the 2015 manifesto was not retained
  • To keep a commitment to raise the threshold for the 40p tax rate to £50,000 by 2020
  • To review business rates, reduce corporation tax to 17% by 2020, freeze VAT and increase personal allowances to £12,500 and the higher rate to £50,000
  • Simplify the tax system

Labour have declared:

  • To increase corporation tax from 19 per cent to 26 per cent
  • To reinstate the lower small-business corporation tax rate
  • Introduce an excessive pay levy on companies where staff are paid a salary of more that £330,000
  • The scraping of quarterly reporting for businesses with a turnover of under £85,000
  • Extra funding for local government by initiating a review into reforming council tax and business rates.
  • Re-introduce the 50p rate of tax on the highest earners (above £123,000)
  • Income tax rate 45p on £80,000 and above

Lib Dems have declared:

  • To raise income tax by 1p in the pound to raise an extra £6billion a year for NHS and Social Care services.
  • In the longer term to reform national insurance contributions so the threshold is the same as income tax contributions and workers can see where its spent on their payslips.
  • To raise corporation tax to 20%

Workers’ rights and Employment

Conservatives will:

  • Increase the National Living Wage in line with median earnings until the end of the next Parliament in 2022.
  • Create new protections for the 'gig' economy workers following on from the Taylor Review
  • Require listed companies to strengthen the voice of their employees at board level and require the FTSE 100 to report on mandatory pay ratios
  • Create a new statutory right to leave to care for a family member and right to child bereavement leave
  • Create new statutory right to request leave for training purposes.
  • Allow a one year national insurance contribution exemption for employers who hire people from under-represented groups

Labour will:

  • Give all workers equal rights from day one, whether part-time or full-time, temporary or permanent
  • Ban zero hours contracts – so that every worker gets a guaranteed number of hours each week
  • Legislate to ensure that any employer wishing to recruit labour from abroad does not undercut workers at home
  • End the Public Sector Pay Cap
  • Roll out maximum pay ratios of 20:1 in the public sector and in companies bidding for public contracts
  • Raise the Minimum Wage to the level of the Living Wage (expected to be at least £10 per hour by 2020) – for all workers aged 18 or over.
  • Shift the burden of proof, so that the law assumes a worker is an employee unless the employer can prove otherwise
  • Ban payroll companies, sometimes known as umbrellas
  • Give employment agencies and end-users joint responsibility for ensuring that the rights of agency workers are enforced, and strengthen trade union rights
  • Set up a dedicated commission to modernise the law around employment status, including a new statutory definition of employment status

Lib Dems will:

  • Modernise employment rights to make them fit for the age of the ‘gig’ economy, looking to build on the forthcoming Taylor report. 
  • Stamp out abuse of zero-hours contracts, creating a formal right to request a fixed contract and consult on introducing a right to make regular patterns of work contractual after a period of time. 
  • End the Public Sector Pay Cap
  • Encourage the creation and widespread adoption of a “good employer” kitemark, covering areas such as paying a living wage, avoiding unpaid internships and using name-blind recruitment
  • Review the Living Wage and publish the ratio
  • Ban Zero Hours contracts
  • Determine employees in companies with more than 250 staff would have the right to request shares in the business, which would be held in a trust for the benefit of employees.
  • Expand Parental leave rights to fathers of a months leave to use or lose.
  • Day one rights on flexible working
  • Push current targets on female board representation higher


Conservatives on leaving the EU:

  • Guarantee all rights that workers currently enjoy as we leave the European Union
  • “No deal is better than a bad deal for the UK” though the Conservatives do want fair, orderly negotiations, minimising disruption with as much certainty as possible
  • Secure the entitlements of EU nationals in Britain and British nationals in the EU
  • Pursue free trade with European markets and secure new trade agreements with other countries.

Labour on leaving the EU:

  • Immediately guarantee existing rights for all EU nationals living in Britain, while also securing reciprocal rights for UK citizens who live in the EU
  • Scrap the existing Brexit White Paper, while trying to retain benefits of the single market and the customs union
  • Reject ‘no deal’ with the EU as a viable option
  • Replace the Great Repeal Bill with an EU Rights and Protections Bill, which will ensure no change to workers’ rights, equality law, consumer rights or environmental protections. 

Lib Dems on leaving the EU:

  • That any deal negotiated for the UK outside the EU must protect the right to work, travel, study and retire across the EU. 
  • Will guarantee the rights of EU nationals in the UK, as well as urging government to secure the same rights for UK citizens living in EU countries and the overhaul and simplification of the registration process and the requirements for EU nationals to obtain permanent residence and UK citizenship 
  • Protecting support for domestic industries such as farming, tourism and the creative industries, as well as regional support for deprived areas, with the City of London retaining full rights in EU financial markets. 
  • Maintaining membership of the single market and customs union