The Recruitment and Employment Confederation (REC) and KPMG jobs report published on 7 April 2014, has found that UK’s long-term unemployed is due to lack of skills. They have found that March 2014 saw a rapid decline in the availability of candidates, with permanent staff availability falling at the sharpest rate since October 2004. A lack of skills among the UK’s long-term unemployed means the Government must consider easing visa restrictions for migrant workers, according to the report.
Government’s Immigration Restrictions Holding Back UK’s Economic Revival
The report showed that despite vacancies continuing to increase, a shortage of qualified workers highlighted the shortage of skills required by workers. This further shows that the government’s immigration restrictions is holding back the UK’s economic revival.
Critics have said that Britain is missing out on skilled workers from overseas, as well as an economic boost from tourism because of its complex and costly visa regime.
REC Director of Policy Tom Hadley said: ‘Worsening candidate shortages mean the number of people available to fill both temporary and permanent jobs is falling at the sharpest rate in nearly a decade. We have a core group of long-term unemployed people whose skills don’t fit with current vacancies and are unable to access the jobs market. As well as up-skilling UK workers, the government needs to take a joined-up approach to immigration. A priority is addressing the restrictions on visas for highly skilled workers, which would allow businesses to access the people they need to grow and create jobs for more British workers.’
EEA Migrant Workers Not to Be Blamed For Seeking Work in UK
Back in October 2013, Prime Minister David Cameron stated that foreign nationals cannot be blamed for attempting to find jobs in British factories when the error is really within UK schools and colleges for not teaching students the essential skills to do the work. Speaking to a group of apprentices at a Mini factory in Oxfordshire he explained that “poor training and school standards mean young Britons do not have the skills and qualifications to compete.”
David Cameron went on to recognize the part EEA workers play in the UK and said:
“You can go to factories in our country where half the people come from Poland, Lithuania or Latvia. You can’t blame them, they want to work, they see the jobs, they come over and they do them. But as a country we ought to be saying no”.
Highly Skilled Migrants Needed in UK to Benefit Economy
Sir James Dyson, the founder of the bagless vacuum cleaner company also spoke out against the UK’s immigration policy in relation to foreign students. Dyson believes that there is a talent shortage in the UK and this has “exacerbated” by a change in the immigration law in April 2012 which prevents foreign postgraduate engineers from staying in the UK after they have completed their studies.
Speaking to the Telegraph, Dyson stated:
“Only 10% of engineering postgraduates are British. They all get kicked out at the end of the course because [immigration minister] Damien Green refused to give engineers an exception. These are Anglophiles who could be contributing to our economy. It’s absolutely ridiculous.”
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