This month, UK Prime Minister, David Cameron announced that Migration Advisory Committee will consider new measures to reduce demand for migrant labour. This includes increasing the minimum salary threshold for international employment, and plans to curb the use of internal company transfers that enable employers to move international workers to the UK. Of course these plans have come to the dismay of many UK businesses and employers.
20,700 Cap on Skilled Migrant Workers Deter Students
Numerous management jobs and vacancies in the financial sector have been left unfilled as a result of the 20,700 yearly cap on skilled workers from outside Europe. It has become apparent that higher-salaried jobs in science are being given priority. As a result the graduate tracks and private sector middle management posts are likely suffer the most from the cap on skilled workers.
Professor John Reast, dean of University of Bradford School of Management, echoed his worry of the UK Governments continual plan to cut migration.
“The ability to…Get employment is part of the calculation of coming to study in the UK. If that ability is taken away, it removes the pros of them coming here.”
This has been a common argument when it comes to immigration in the UK. There seems to be a constant debate on the treatment of international students who choose to study in the UK, but due to the UK Immigration Rules may have no choice but to return to their home country once they have graduated. This not only affects higher education institutions in the UK who want to continue to attract international students but it also affects UK businesses who require specific skills to fill their vacancies.
UK Businesses do not want to Lose Global Talent
Highly skilled migrant workers not only have the skills required by UK businesses, when it comes to the science, financial, engineering sectors but they contribute by bringing new ideas, tax revenue and help the growth of the UK economy. International students also contribute to the UK economy massively, as their tuition fees can be up to four times as much as UK and EU student’s tuition fees.
The UK Government wants to reduce immigration in these area in order for British people to fill job vacancies. This is something that the UK businesses want as well but do not want to risk losing talent from abroad. As Mark Hilton, head of immigration policy at London First, explains:
“We need to keep up-skilling our population but at the same time as attracting the best and brightest global talent. Businesses want to work with government to make sure British people have the skills the country needs. But we can’t just magic them from nowhere.”
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