The government’s new immigration rules can work for small businesses if hiring costs are kept down and the system is easy to navigate, according to a new report.
The new points-based immigration system, to be implemented from 2021, will require EU immigration applicants to speak English, have a job offer in the UK and to have never been given a custodial sentence of 12 months or more. The minimum salary for job offers needs to be £25,600.
However, the Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) released a new report today, finding that 48 per cent of companies surveyed “would be unable to meet the immigration fees currently levied on employers when they hire non-EU staff should they be extended to all workers from around the world”.
The report recommends the government keeps the cost of hiring overseas employees to below £1,000, include a special visa for social care workers and exempts small firms from paying any immigration fees.
FSB National Chairman Mike Cherry said: “Against a backdrop of weak economic growth, record employment and an ageing workforce, it’s critical that we get this new system right, particularly when timeframes are so tight.”