UK Immigration Report: Contribution & Impact of Migrant Workers

This week the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills published a report showcasing the the contribution and impact of migrant workers on 80 UK based companies. According to the research conducted, migrant workers benefit their UK counter-parts immensely by boosting productivity in the office and are responsible for the expansion of companies. 

Business Secretary: Foreign Workers Stimulate Growth for British Businesses

According to the report, employers who were interviewed as part of the research, explained that they valued the diversity and the skills that migrant workers brought to the work force and environment. Some of the key findings from the report were:

  • Skills upheld by migrant workers in the UK workforce allowed businesses to expand, by fulfilling existing contracts and taking on more work. For example, the manager of Aerospace, Bristol, a company in which 5-10% of the workforce consists of migrant workers stated, “The people that we need are not available in the UK.There is not the capability within the UK any longer to meet our aspirations.”
  • Migrant workers allow UK businesses access to a wider talent pool.
  • Migrant workers have ‘significant innovation effects’ on UK businesses. For example, skilled worker’s ideas created new business opportunities. In particular those who are part of creative industries and where highly technical or scientific products were being developed. As a result more jobs were created and when these migrants returned to their country of origin they created a network which allowed companies to expand abroad.
  • UK colleagues benefit from working with migrant workers, by learning and picking up new skills such as IT techniques.

Business Secretary Vince Cable commented on the report and his understanding that migrant workers are highly beneficial to UK work-forces and companies:

“Many British businesses rely on the skills of people from Europe and beyond to fill roles that are not being met by British workers. This research demonstrates that foreign workers not only stimulate growth for British business by introducing new ideas and innovations, but bring their unique overseas networks and cultural knowledge to drive expansion for their company abroad. This report will provide an important contribution to the debate around how foreign workers have a positive impact on UK businesses.”

Skilled Migrant Workers wanting to Work in UK

The Tier 2 (General) category of the Points Based System (PBS) is for non-European migrants who have been offered a highly skilled job  by a UK employer to fill a gap in the workforce that cannot be filled by a settled worker. Under this category, you must have a job offer in the UK and a Certificate of Sponsorship (CoS) from an organisation that is a licensed sponsor in the UK. According the Home Office statistics, in the year ending June 2014 there were 50,619 skilled worker Tier 2 sponsored visa applications granted.

Our city of London Solicitors can help you through the process of applying for a Tier 2 General visa or a Tier 2 Sponsorship Licence if you are looking to employ a non-EU migrant worker. Our team of lawyers can assist you with the preparation of your visa application and carry out a detailed consultation to assess your matter in accordance to the relevant Immigration Rules. We will highlight all key points in the documentary evidence required and suggested by us with the visa application to ensure a strong application is submitted and avoid unnecessary expense of re submitting your application to the Home Office.

Successful UK Tier 2 Visa Applications

Our team of experienced and professionally qualified immigration solicitors and barristers will be able to guide you through the process of making a Tier 2 General migrant visa application step by step and limit the possibility of failure by complying with the strict letter of law.

We also undertake a great deal of appeal work before the Immigration and Asylum Tribunal and have a successful track record of successful results for our clients. We have the experience and the knowledge required to take your case forward successfully. If you have had a Tier 2 General visa refused, contact us to discuss your case so that we can provide you with a case assessment.

Contact us so that we can review your case and provide you with an assessment.

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