The latest decision of the UK immigration to inflict a new charge on the organizations/firms making use of trained overseas labor force has not gone down well with many even as a technology industry trade body in the nation has reportedly called the immigration reforms as exceedingly disappointing and unbearable.
The body in question, the TechUK which duly represents as many as 850 British tech groups expressed its displeasure over the planned amendments to the Tier 2 immigration guidelines, asserting they will have a negative influence on the SMBs and global companies, making an investment in the British industry.
London proclaimed the reforms to the Tier 2 Visa for skilled immigration in the wake of an evaluation by the Migration Advisory Committee (MAC).Though the bare minimum salary threshold for the Tier 2 Visas has been improved to 30,000 Pounds for the skilled workers, it will be introduced slowly rising from 25,000 Pounds in autumn 2016 to 30,000 Pounds in the month of April 2017.
The bare minimum threshold for the new entrants will continue to be at 20,800 Pounds. Apart from these restructurings, the Tier 2 recruiters will be slapped with an immigrant skills cost of 1,000 Pounds per Certificate of Sponsorship every year.
Sharing his views on the issue, Charlotte Holloway, chief of policy of the TechUK, reportedly declared that the statement from the immigration minister will let tech firms down, and this includes growing UK SMBs through to global groups investing in the nation.
However, in an official announcement, the in-office UK Minister of State for Immigration, James Brokenshire, reportedly asserted that Britain has been exceedingly dependent on the overseas skills in place of developing the home-based talent.
Study of the ONS numbers last August discovered that the nation’s tech skills space has hit 134,000 unfilled openings.
Brokenshire indicated that for a very long period the country has had a scarcity of workers in certain roles, and in the past, it has been excessively easy for the recruiters/firms to employ out-of-the-country. Last May, the premier set out the nation’s aim to reorganize its immigration and labour market laws, and to trim down the requirement for qualified migrant workers.
However, Julian David the CEO of the TechUK earlier termed the administration's stand on immigration "dumb", underlining the requirement for qualified labor force with a view to develop the economy, in the face of a lack of adequate talent born in Britain alone.
He stated at the time that even as there is an extensive acknowledgement that the technology business is battling some of the most momentous skills famines in the economy, further checks like the latest skills charge, augmented salary thresholds, and the restrictions on intra-company movements will make it fairly difficult for firms to use the talent they require to prosper and develop.
During the year gone by, some specific groups, like Coadec a non-profit trade body for the start-ups reportedly articulated apprehension over the manner the reworked plans might have an effect on the start-ups in the country, with restricted access to trained migrants from the non-EU nations potentially restricting their obtainable talent pool and smothering general progress.