United Kingdom has employed a new immigration policy which places a high bar on low-skilled immigrants. With this latest system, Britain’s top business figures argue, could cause serious damage to people’s source of livelihood and communities as well.
Reaction from the business community
The head of the Confederation of British Industry, Carolyn Fairbairn, gave her most serious warning about the new development on immigration procedures being put together by the government which is going to seriously limit low-skilled workers from getting visas. According to her, the business community has serious concerns over insinuations that migrants, who earn below £30,000 annually, might have difficulty in getting work permits in the UK.
She argued that the £30,000 threshold being described as low-skilled, is damaging to Britain’s economy. Workers who earn less than £30,000 make enormous impacts on the economy of the country. These workers range from lab technicians to food scientists and others who work in the food industry.
Her comments and reactions from the general public came after Theresa May, Britain’s Prime Minister, made statements that British Companies should train their workers to fill in gaps created by low-skilled workers instead of looking for fresh workers to fill them.
British ministers who are pro-business such as Philip Hammond, the Chancellor and Greg Clark, the business secretary have given ears to the warnings of the business community. May get the support for a tougher immigration system when the Independent Migration Advisory Committee (MAC) gave her their support to raise the bar for low-skilled workers.
Fairbairn further argued and stressed that the economy of the UK is dependent on highly vital sectors where low-skilled workers are needed such as the care sector. Care for the older generation is important and can’t be overlooked. The nursing sector is drastically lacking manpower too.
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