BEERG: Employers Concerned About Post-Brexit Immigration System

July 12, 2019

More than half of UK employers with staff from outside the UK will be negatively impacted by the proposed post-Brexit immigration system, according to a survey carried out by the British Chambers of Commerce and job site Indeed, the BEERG Global Labor Newsletter reports.

53% reported they would suffer from the proposed requirement that skilled migrant workers earn a minimum of £30,000 to obtain a visa.  The current proposals result from the government’s immigration white paper, released in November, 2018.

57% said they would be affected by plans to impose a 12-month work and residency limit on low-skilled migrants, which would require these workers to leave the UK for at least a year after their visa expires.

Businesses are also concerned about an extension of the Immigration Skills Charge to EU nationals, which is currently paid by employers for each worker they recruit from outside the EU.  Just over one third (34%) feared this would add to the upfront costs of employment.

BCC has called for the new prime minister to take a fresh look at the proposed immigration restrictions.  Jane Gratton, head of people policy, said “When businesses are unable to recruit skills and labour at a local or national level, the UK’s new immigration system must allow them to access non-UK workers quickly and cost effectively.”  She added that even though companies are investing more in homegrown skills, they will still need access to migrant skills.

Read the full BEERG Global Labor Newsletter.