Money Control immigration, but keep workers coming - UK employers

13:55  10 august  2018
13:55  10 august  2018 Source:   reuters.com

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"But we are absolutely clear that immigration delivers huge economic value to the UK , so it needs to be open." There are already signs that Brexit has put workers off coming to the country -- in the 12 months to March this year, only 805 EU nurses and midwives registered to work in the health service

LONDON (Reuters) - Britain’s leading employers ’ group said on Friday it accepted that Prime Minister Theresa May would need to impose controls on EU citizens working in the UK There are already signs that Brexit has put workers off coming to the country — in the 12 months to March this year

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By William Schomberg

Britain's leading employers' group said on Friday it accepted that Prime Minister Theresa May would need to impose controls on EU citizens working in the UK after Brexit, but new immigration rules must not stop companies from hiring the staff they need.

The Confederation of British Industry (CBI) -- which has angered Brexit supporters with its pro-EU views -- acknowledged the concerns many voters have about immigration.

"We accept freedom of movement is over. We accept there needs to be an element of control," said Josh Hardie, CBI deputy director-general. "But we are absolutely clear that immigration delivers huge economic value to the UK, so it needs to be open."

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By William Schomberg. LONDON (Reuters) - Britain's leading employers ' group said on Friday it accepted that Prime Minister Theresa May would need to impose controls on EU citizens working in the UK after Brexit, but new immigration rules must not stop companies from hiring the staff they need.

"But we are absolutely clear that immigration delivers huge economic value to the UK , so it needs to be open." There are already signs that Brexit has put workers off coming to the country -- in the 12 months to March this year, only 805 EU nurses and midwives registered to work in the health service

With the government working on its post-Brexit immigration policies, the CBI said in a report that a careful balance had to be struck.

It said compulsory registration of EU citizens who enter the UK - which has not been required until now - would be an important step towards establishing firmer control of immigration and raising public trust that the issue was in hand.

"Registering EU nationals allows the UK to ensure that they are contributing to the economy and society if they want to stay for a longer period of time. The UK will need a way to ensure that only EU nationals that are contributing stay in the longer-term," the report said.

It acknowledged the difficulty and sensitivity of achieving that goal, but said "ensuring that everyone who comes to the UK is contributing is an important part of ending free movement as it has operated to date".

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Although some means of controlling foreign visitors to the United Kingdom existed before 1905, modern immigration border controls as now understood originated then.

UK visa sponsorship information for employers - sponsorship licences, requirements, certificates and skilled worker tiers. Immigration skills charge. You might have to pay an additional charge for each foreign worker you employ .

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At the same time, local workers should be prioritised for jobs when unemployment in specific professions rose above a certain level.

In response to the report, the government said it was considering a range of options to control its borders while continuing to attract and retain workers who benefit Britain.

The CBI said the world's fifth-biggest economy would still need migrants from the EU and beyond after it leaves the bloc in March.

Half of London's construction workers are not from Britain and more than one in four employees in banking and finance in the capital are non-UK citizens -- 17 percent from the EU and 11 percent from the rest of the world, it said.

A quarter of staff, or 113,000 people, who work in warehouses in Britain are EU nationals.

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Employers that hold a Sponsor Licence to employ a non-EU worker have an obligation to keep Currently, non-EU nationals must be sponsored by a UK employer to enter the UK and work for This morning, surprising news came in the form of an addendum on the Immigration Skills Charge (ISC)

“So, for a four-year contract, that employer will need to pay a £4,000 immigration skills charge. Mr Goodwill told peers that the NFU had pressed for the scheme because of the weakness of sterling and because the post-Brexit vote had put some EU workers off coming to Britain.

There are already signs that Brexit has put workers off coming to the country -- in the 12 months to March this year, only 805 EU nurses and midwives registered to work in the health service, down sharply from 6,382 a year earlier, the report said.

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Theresa May wearing a hat and glasses: British Prime Minister Theresa May views a car on a production line during a visit to the Jaguar Land Rover factory on September 1, 2016 in Solihull, England. Theresa May warned by CBI to keep the door open for EU migrants after Brexit

The government had to change the often hostile debate about migration which most economists say has been positive, so far, for the economy and public finances, the CBI said.

"In these febrile times, it's vital that a policy of such importance for the UK's future living standards can be discussed without ideology or an oversimplification of public attitudes," Hardie said.

The CBI said migration had to be part of future trade talks with countries around the world to help open up new markets.

That would mean an overhaul of Britain's complex visa system for non-EU workers.

The government should drop its target of cutting net migration below 100,000 people a year -- which it has repeatedly missed -- and replace it with a system that ensures migrant workers contribute to the economy, the CBI said.

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According to the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), the United Kingdom 's immigration controls on highly skilled Contact us – London Lawyers for Non-EU Skilled Workers . Whether you are a non-EU skilled worker or a UK employer looking to employer looking

Some 75% of waiters and 25% of chefs working in the UK come from other EU nations. “The UK needs an immigration system which provides control while also enabling employers to access the foreign workers they need at all levels – whether it be short-term seasonal workers , intra-company

The government said in its response to the CBI report that it was committed to bringing net migration down to "tens of thousands".

(Reporting by William Schomberg, editing by Andy Bruce and Mark Trevelyan)

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