As the Prime Minister announced the Government’s high-skilled immigration approach at Party Conference this week, we were quick to respond with a challenge from business. You can see Chief Executive Jasmine’s comments in the Telegraph and Financial Times, and hear Chairman Paul Drechsler’s take on Radio 4.
By prioritising the highly skilled, May risks pulling the ‘welcome mat’ from the many valuable workers who don’t fit this box, and this is a backwards step. We highlighted the 158,000 construction workers the industry needs to recruit to fill its skills gap between now and 2022.
In between a busy London First schedule at Party Conference, Jasmine featured in the Telegraph, saying: “We agree a single managed immigration system for overseas workers is the right way forward, but prioritising skilled over lower skilled is a backwards step.” Mayor of London Sadiq Khan has added his support for our calls.
We are grateful for the continued support of members who have joined forces in pursuit of a business-friendly immigration proposal; including our Facing Facts report, study on the impact of the referendum and international students campaign.
Keep posted over the coming weeks as we put forward our recommendations for what this managed immigration system should look like. Our upcoming piece of work with PwC builds on our earlier immigration proposal, taking learnings from other models worldwide. We will be looking for members to continue working with us as we make these recommendations to government.
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