ER Editor: We also recommend this piece from Migration Watch UK titled 150 more trades being opened to global recruitment as unemployment rises. The Tory government will announce a new immigration plan on January 1, 2021, which is likely to decimate local employment in the trades, or at least drive wages down. Of note:
1. The government have announced that the qualifications required for foreign workers to come to the UK will be reduced from degree level to “A” level when their new immigration system is introduced on 1 January 2021.
2. Furthermore, there will be no limit on the numbers that employers can recruit from overseas and the present requirement that job opportunities should first be advertised in the UK will be abolished.
3. This paper sets out the list of 150 trades and professions that are now to be exposed to global recruitment by the changes (Annex D, p.8), in addition to nearly 100 occupations that will face greater competition from overseas due to the annual cap on numbers being abandoned (Annex C below, p.5).
Why is Keir Starmer’s Labour Party silent on this?
Is the UK giving up on training our own butchers, bakers and IT technicians?
MIGRATION WATCH UK
October 01, 2020
- Unlimited inflows of foreign skills will compete with British workers and undercut their training prospects
- The changes add to risks of UK employees being displaced or undercut during a downturn
The government’s immigration policy will open up the jobs of three million UK-born workers – including butchers, bakers, IT technicians, tailors and welders – to unlimited global recruitment at a time of deep concern about the prospect of higher unemployment.
Migration Watch UK is releasing a summary of three million full-time jobs held by UK-born workers in 150 occupational bands that are being exposed.
This comes just after the Migration Advisory Committee (MAC) recommended a major increase – from 2.5 million to 4 million – in the number of jobs into which non-UK workers may be recruited at lower salary levels as a result of being on a Shortage Occupation List.
Tellingly, the MAC noted of employers: “Whilst respondents reported using a range of techniques to fill vacancies, recruiting non-UK nationals was both the most commonly-stated solution to overcoming vacancies.”
It is shocking that the government is ploughing ahead with a plan that was first conceived before the Covid virus struck, even as UK unemployment shoots up, as companies collapse and as lay-offs continue to be announced.
Their plan flies directly in the face of public opinion – over 70% of UK people want there to be a cap on work permits, while nearly 80% say that they want the focus to be on getting UK people back to work – not on overseas hiring (Deltapoll, late 2019 and mid-2020).
By about two to one, the public say that lowering skills and salary requirements for work permits is a bad move (Deltapoll, August 2020).
About seven million full-time jobs held by UK-born workers in a total of 250 occupational bands, which are set to be exposed to either new or greater global competition, including around four million UK-born workers in 100 highly-skilled occupations, are set to face greater pressure due to the cap being removed.
Previous MAC warnings about the failure of British employers to invest in the training of British workers have fallen on deaf ears.
For instance, doctors and nurses were removed from the work permit cap in 2018 even as tens of thousands of UK applicants for the courses were being rejected (UCAS).
Alp Mehmet, Chairman of Migration Watch UK, said:
The exposure of millions of UK jobs to global recruitment in present circumstances risks seriously hurting British workers. As companies collapse, giving British workers a fair chance to apply for jobs in the UK must be the urgent need of the hour.
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