A global consultancy called PWC has put up a proposal to let companies lying in the regions of Birmingham, Manchester and other large cities of the United Kingdom to hire workers from other countries in this tough economy following Brexit. This consultancy gets its commission by the City of London Corporation and has its service scheme based on the visa policies that Canada and Australia follow. These two countries are former colonies of Britain and they are focusing immigration in the areas as the population is less and the lack of skills are inadvertently affecting the local businesses.
Sadiq Khan, the London mayor said to have started campaigns for a special “London Visa” to help people recruit from foreign countries in the capital. An important fact that we have to remember is that now, Britons can no longer move freely within the European Union. PWC’s recommendations as quoted by the Financial Times say that a broader regional policy must be implemented to support businesses in other cities, other than the UK capital. One of the formalities stated in the proposals is that the business has to initially make a request in the local authority for a visa. This will be passed on to the Home Office to give the work permits.
Other bodies and local companies have suggested putting up short-term regional visas that would last for about one year and some visas that would last for three to six years. Such regional visas would protect the rights and best interests of the foreign companies in small areas like Sunderland, where skills are needed and are not reaching because of the present UK visa system. Mark Boleat, the chairman of the City of London Corporation has said that it is a great opportunity that came up with Brexit to revise the visa system and come up with a better one that would help many local businesses.