Cap on non-EU workers frozen by government

Julian Harris
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THE GOVERNMENT yesterday said that it would not bring down the annual cap on the number of skilled workers allowed into the UK from outside the European Union.

The decision to freeze the cap at 20,700, proposed in February by the Migration Advisory Committee, was widely applauded by business groups and other stakeholders.

“[This] will help employers recruit key skilled workers and increase the chances of export-led growth,” said the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development.

“Evidence has consistently shown that some employers still need non-EU workers to fill highly skilled positions…despite the current poor state of the UK jobs market.”

And the London Chambers of Commerce and Industry echoed the sentiment.

“It is good to see the government is finally listening to the business community about the need to source talent from beyond the EU,” said the LCCI’s Subhash Thakrar.

“However this announcement must not distract from the damage continuous changes to the UK’s migration system has had on the capital’s competitiveness”.

The government has also agreed to drop the requirement for firms to advertise highly skilled roles in JobCentre Plus.