Post-study work visas will ensure we retain global brainpower, says London First
11 September 2019
Commenting on the announcement reinstating two-year post-study work visas, Jasmine Whitbread, Chief Executive of London First, said:
“Bringing back the two-year post-study visa is the Government’s first, important step in putting in place a fair and managed immigration system. Universities and businesses alike will welcome this common sense move, which will ensure that we retain global brainpower.
“In London alone, international students generate a net benefit of £2.3 billion each year and support 70,000 jobs – higher education is one of the UK’s most successful exports and it is crucial that the government protects our world-class universities.”
“Now the Government should bring down the salary threshold for overseas workers from £30,000 to around £20,000, so that we can keep our economy at full strength.”
London First has campaigned on changes to the immigration system, to keep the UK at Full Strength. Key asks include reinstating the two-year post-study work visa, and lowering the salary threshold to around £20,000 for overseas workers. More than 60% of all jobs in the UK currently fall under the proposed salary threshold, and research based on ONS data shows that in manufacturing around 30% of jobs are paid between £20 – 30k, and in retail, 23.2% of jobs sit in this bracket. The proposed £30,000 threshold would exacerbate shortages in key sectors such as health, construction, and hospitality.
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