Last year, the quantity of South Asian migrants like Indians working in the UK increased by 30% as a result of non-EU workers being sought after by businesses, especially the IT and health care sectors.
The number of registration for National Insurance (NI) by migrating Asians which include India, Pakistan and the Philippines also increased to 68,381 as at 2018 compared to the 53, 594 in 2017.
Indians alone had a 43% increase in the registration for the NI, accounting to more than 45, 000; thus making it the third major source of new immigrants.
The figures show that businesses are beginning to appreciate foreign talent especially a reduction in available skills looms after Brexit. However, the number of EU nationals working has increased twice than the non-EU nationals in 2018, and the fall of EU workers by 78,409 also dwarfed the increase of 28,010 non-EU nationals in the UK workforce.
Over the year, NI registration from the EU countries fell by 16% with the EU8 countries leading in the fall.
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The news was received at the time where new negotiations are expected to be reached concerning Brexit with the possibility of going through a no-deal Brexit or probably an extension of the process.
The Senior Labour Market Analyst at CIPD, Gerwyn Davies said that it won’t be surprising if the IT sector is increasing, as he has seen through the latest statistics gotten from the Works and Pensions Department, which also corresponds with the survey of CIPD on the shortage of skills in the UK and other official data. This is due to the number of individuals employed in 2018.
According to him, the limited number of EU workers in the UK has prompted the use of intra-company transfer scheme, which is a part of the Tier 2 visa regime, to bring in the non-EU citizens and this has been helpful to the IT and Healthcare sectors.
A Senior Immigration consultant at Migrate UK, Karendeep Kaur also pointed out the increase in the non-EU workers from Asia through the intra-company transfers.
She further said that despite the gradual fall in the Migration of EU, as shown by the National Audit Office last week, the increase in the Migration of non-EU citizens to the country is a positive sign. She said that it can be seen that in as much as Brexit has stopped the EU citizens from coming to the country, the non-EU citizens are still coming.
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