What does business want from UK migration policy.



Challenges are likely to lie ahead in reconciling the
central role played by skilled migration with Government
targets to substantially reduce Tier 1 and 2 migration by
2015. Although the exemption of Intra-Company
Transfers from the immigration cap has gone some way
to meeting business needs, concerns remain about the

Research indicates that many employers had negative
experiences associated with the temporary immigration
cap between June 2010 and April 2011. One in six
employers questioned for a CIPD/KPMG survey
released in May 2011 believed that they had been
restricted in recruiting non-EU workers as a result of the
temporary immigration cap. This increased among
private sector employers, with 21% reporting difficulties
in recruiting as a result of the cap.

The CIPD/KPMG survey also indicated the ongoing
intention among one in ten employers to recruit migrant
workers during the second quarter of 2011. 36%
planned to actively recruit non-EU workers based in
their host country. Despite this stated intention, UKBA
figures indicate low take-up of Tier 2 Certificates of
Sponsorship by employers between April and June
2011, due to confusion among employers about the
operation of the new immigration cap.

In terms of the way forward, representations made to
the Migration Advisory Committee and the Home Affairs
Select Committee during 2010 from within the business
community indicate that businesses would generally
welcome policies that enable them to continue to recruit
skilled workers from outside the EU, within immigration
rules which are flexible and efficient.
While employers may be willing to invest in skills
development among resident workers with the aim of
meeting labour needs in the future, training and upskilling in sectors such as finance, IT, engineering,
doctor and nursing training is a lengthy process.

There are doubts about whether, even in the long-term, the
resident labour market can really be expected to provide
all the skills needed to operate within global markets.
Framing this debate is a concern among many
businesses about the impact of immigration regulations
on the wider UK economy, particularly critical at a time
of recovery. Economists have predicted that reducing
the UK’s recruitment of skilled workers could reduce UK
output by as much as £2 – £4 billion by 2015 (NIESR,
2011). Such forecasts add to a climate of uncertainty
which could have significant impacts for business into
the future

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