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Report Proposes New Visas to Tackle Tech Skills Gaps in the UK

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Report Proposes New Visas to Tackle Tech Skills Gaps in the UK According to the Centre for Policy Studies (CPS), there is a shortage of skilled workers in about 90% of technology companies, and 61% of these companies have difficulty in finding staff with practical or technical skills for the job.

A lot of companies are having difficulties in recruiting skilled workers in the UK, and as such, the new immigration system is being blamed for the inability to recruit foreigners.

This report was funded by the Founder of Deliveroo, Will Shu. He said that the company prefers US workers because they possess the skills required. Also, another person from the e-commerce industry reported that the company recruits technology staff from Amazon, Netflix, and Facebook because of the inability to find a UK worker with skills in the e-commerce sector.

A report from the Herding Unicorns suggests that a targeted visa scheme should be made to give firms with the potential of becoming “Unicorn companies,” the ability to hire from abroad.

It could involve expanding the number of technology visas under the Exceptional Talent (Tier 1) route; however, the best benefit would be gotten from a class of Unicorn Visas which fits the requirements.

The report insists that the vacancies in organizations with great potential should be given the same treatment as other professions on the shortage list. A certificate of sponsorship would be given to organizations based on qualifications to aid in attracting the best and excellent brains from around the world.

‘Less Bureaucratic’

The proposed process is tipped to be extremely less bureaucracy than the current immigration system for the skilled profession, and this will enable employers to grow with their businesses rather than deal with everyday paperwork.

The report encourages that the process would work correctly with what the government has in mind, as Ministers have stated clearly that they are in search of ways to give out this additional  offer to experts in digital technology approved under Tech Nation Visa, which is under the Tier 1(Exceptional route) and digital Tech occupations in shortage.

While one-quarter of Tech scale-up has complained about the computer and software literacy skills, 21% expressed their difficulty in finding the skills in administrative management.

As such, the report suggests that to help make sure that there is Talent in the UK, reassessment of skills be done by the government, with the private sector and tech scales-up in the lead.

This includes a thorough inspection of digital training at colleges and universities. Also, a council of sector skills should be formed to evaluate the digital skills which are needed by organizations of high-growth.

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Official Figures in the UK Reveal a Record High Number of non-EU Workers

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Official Figures in the UK Reveal a Record High Number of non-EU Workers

Official Figures in the UK Reveal a Record High Number of non-EU WorkersAccording to the latest official figures, the number of non-EU workers in the UK took a huge leap by adding above 100,000 in the last quarter of 2018, a record high in the country.

This giant leap in migration from non-EU countries is concurrent with a fall in the number of EU workers in the UK hence many are of the view that the leap seeing in the number of non-EU workers is as a result of the lower supply of labor from the European Union.

Over the last quarter of 2018, about 1.29 million workers entered the UK from non-EU countries representing an increase of 130,000 compared to the same period in the previous year and mark the highest since 1997 when the record started.

The non-EU workers include 593,000 from Asia, 299,000 from America and Oceania, 277,000 from Africa and the remaining 126,000 are accounted for by European countries that are not EU members. All these categories saw a year-on-year rise.

Over the same period, the last quarter of 2018, the number of EU workers in the UK fell by about 61,000 compared to the previous year, totaling 2.27 million workers. This decrease is said to be a result of lower migration from the eight European countries that became members of the Union in 2004. The countries are Hungary, Lithuania, Slovakia, Estonia, Poland, Slovenia, Latvia, and the Czech Republic. These countries contribute 869 workers to the UK in the last quarter of 2018 representing an 89,000 fall compared to the previous year and 184,000 lower than the highest they have ever contributed, 1.05 million in July to September 2016 according to the office of national statistics.

Brexit is the Culprit

Uncertainty and insecurity surrounding Brexit are making UK a less attractive place to live and work for EU citizens, said a professor of economics at King’s College London – Jonathan Portes.

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UK Universities Ask to Decrease Salary Threshold for High-skilled Visa

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UK Universities Ask to Decrease Salary Threshold for High-skilled VisaUK government has been urged by the director of Universities UK International, Vivienne Stern, to reduce the proposed salary that all European Economic Area (EEA) workers must earn in order to be able to get a high-skilled work visa.

A proposal that was earlier submitted by Migration Advisory Committee on behalf of the UK government includes a salary threshold of £30,000 for all skilled migrants after March 29, when UK is expected to leave the EU – post-Brexit. This is the level preferred by Prime Minister Theresa May because she sees it as imperative to achieving her lower immigration aim.

Though the aim of reducing immigration is a welcome goal for the majority in the UK, nevertheless a salary threshold of £30,000 is considered to be outrageous and would result in staff recruitments problems that will ultimately have adverse effects on key services like National Health Service.

If things go as planned, the proposal is expected to be implemented by the start of 2021 immediately after the post-Brexit transition period.

High Skill Occupations not Always the Best Paid

Since the proposal was made public, Universities UK has not shied away from voicing its views on behalf of its members. The association does not support the new salary threshold stating that high skill occupations are not always the best-paid jobs.

The median salary threshold for language assistant roles as well as production, science and engineering technicians is significantly below the proposed threshold of £30,000, Universities UK revealed. If enforced, assessing skills will be challenging. Stern emphasized that it is essential to ensure that an attempt to check migration does not affect the talents pool of the country. She said the Home Secretary understands that the threshold will be harmful to a number of sectors. Universities in the UK want the threshold reduced to £21,000.

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Brexit Chief Backs Unlimited EU Immigration

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Brexit Chief Backs Unlimited EU ImmigrationShadow Brexit Secretary Sir Keir Starmer’s decision to lend his support to unlimited EU immigration after the UK leaves EU will most likely result in a civil war amidst labor.

The Brexit chief explained that he has every reason to believe that almost everybody will support the free movement if there are jobs in the UK for EU nationals. What is required of firms in need of workers is to ensure advertisement is made locally before going for the option of getting migrants from the continent, he said. In other words, firms must advertise locally for a job that needs to be done, but if there is no one to do it in the UK, they are free to workers across the continent which he believes will be acceptable to most people. Family reunification is another reason he said could make people accept free movement.

He subsequently suggests that Labour take advantage of a process called Norway-style Brexit which will impose workers free movement on the UK.

Labour’s Election Manifesto

In 2017, Labour’s Election Manifesto agreed on an end to free movement once the UK leaves EU. Sir Keir was a part of this agreement – at the time, he said a change at the border would be inevitable.

The Brexit chief has now changed his position totally, opting for easy movement as he is no longer content supporting Brexit-blocking motions.

Despite the obvious reasons for Keirs’ decision, it is also imperative for him to rethink as a free movement could make firms who are fond of making money off cheap labor to offer job packages no Brits will take hence paving the way for migrants. The sudden free movement call is a betrayal of a significant Brexit demand hence removal of the Brexit chief could be looming.

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UK Parliament Votes in Favor of Post-Brexit Immigration Bill

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UK Parliament Votes in Favor of Post-Brexit Immigration BillUK’s Immigration and Social Security Co-ordination Bill was voted in favour of, by the British Parliament on January 28th, 2019.

The aim of this post-Brexit immigration bill, also known as the EU withdrawal bill, is to ensure that the independence of the nation’s immigration policy after Brexit, by adapting its present immigration policy.

Although at the first reading, the MPs were not unified, they came to the same conclusion at the second reading where 297 votes were counted in support of the bill, and 234 voted against it.

In the Commons, Caroline Nokes, the Immigration Minister in the UK said that a significant contribution had been made by immigration to the economy of the nation. She equally added that the government would relay the new immigration rules to a range of businesses over the next year.

What It Entails

The Home office had made a statement earlier in January, 28th 2019 to put a stop to free movement immediately if there is no deal when Britain leaves the EU.

However, it is part of the bill that citizens of the European Union and their families will still have access to the country but only for a certain period of time, after the country leaves EU.

But, in case the citizens intend to prolong their stay beyond 3 months, application for European Temporary Leave to Remain should be made. In the case of wanting to stay beyond 3 years, application for a new permit under the new Skills-based future immigration system, which begins from 2021, would be made.

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British Authorities Advised to Stop English Channel Migrant Crossings

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UK to Stop Channel Migrant CrossingsWith all the crossings over the English channels recently, the British government authorities have been advised to put a stop to the possible trafficking behind the crossings.

Recently, there have been numerous accounts of migrants crossing, involving people who claim to be Iranians, Afghans, Iraqis, etc. Dover MP, Mr. Charlie Elphicke said that such crossings are very dangerous ones during this winter period and as such, the situation should be well handled by the UK National Crime Agency and Home Office. But it appears the reverse is the case, as the government is not explaining the actions that have been taken to stop the crossings which may lead to possible people trafficking.

Mr. Charlie Elphicke said the French and British government authorities should stop the traffickers behind these crossings before a tragedy occurs in the channel.

Home Office Responds

A spokeswoman from the Home Office, in response, said that the Border force officials had intercepted and rescued three men on a small boat who presented themselves as Iranians. They were taken to the UK authorities for interviewing.

The National Crime Agency and Home Office also reported, on Tuesday afternoon, that many boats containing migrants were also intercepted and rescued by Border force while trying to cross the channel overnight and that these incidents will be dealt with appropriately.

According to them, there may be a criminal gang activity behind these illegal migrations by boats through the English channels, as such the UK authorities are working in connection with the law enforcement agencies and French officials to capture these gangsters who are putting lives at risk.

Meanwhile, the authorities have been advised by the campaigners to help the migrants if they wish to claim asylum so that they would not risk their lives by going the busy shipping lanes.

According to the spokeswoman from Kent Refugee Action Network, Bridget Chapman, there has to be a way for these people to travel safely rather than being forced to embark o a hazardous journey which would risk them being exploited or falling I to the hands of human traffickers.

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