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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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Job Vacancies in the UK Reach a Record Level

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Job Vacancies in the UK Reach a Record LevelBritish jobs market saw a 16,000 increase in the number of unfilled job vacancies across the UK in the last quarter of 2018 bringing the total vacancies in the country to approximately 870,000 which represents the highest since the inception of comparable data according to the Office for National Statistics (ONS).

Though this reality has hit all sectors in the UK, services firms are most affected, ONS revealed. IT and communications businesses, providers of health and social care, and hotels and food services firms received a huge hit from the labor shortfall.

Employees in the UK have leveraged on the situation in the country to bargain for higher wages which resulted in an increase of 3.4% in weekly wages in 2018 according to Economists.

Unemployment in the UK has fallen to a level that has not been seen since the mid-1970s, and at the same time, the number of EU workers coming to Britain has fallen as a result of uncertainties regarding Brexit. Hence, companies are finding it extremely difficult to get needed workers which have led employers in the country to raise wage levels in order to get the required skills.

Stricter post-Brexit immigration rules will make things even more difficult which will ultimately slow the economy down, and consumer prices will rise, employers, warned.

Flexible Post-Brexit Migration System

It is imperative for the UK government to negotiate for a post-Brexit migration system that is flexible to stop a further slump in labor supply in the country, Jon Boys – Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development’s labour market economist, said.

EU nationals who wish to reside and work in the UK can look forward to favourable and stable conditions in the UK in the coming days.

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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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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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Brexit Boosts Employment, Earnings, Job Openings in Britain

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Brexit Boosts Employment, Earnings, Job Openings in BritainOn Tuesday, the Office for National Statistics (ONS) published figures which stated that between September and November 2018, 75.8% of individuals between age 16 and 64 were employed with paid salaries.

According to the report, 21% are not job hunting (economically inactive), while 4% are unemployed and this is also the lowest record since 1971.

Also, about 853,000 jobs were available between October and December 2018. This record beats the former which was taken a year before, by 39,000.

The net European Union migration has reduced since 2012, and this is good news for the British workers.

While the media and the politicians bewailed that the drop in the EU citizens number eager to use the free movement to move to Britain was because of the “Brexit uncertainty”; however, an average British worker has benefited from the drop in foreign Labour because employers now believe that the job markets which are now competitive means higher salaries for the Britons.

Last year at the Resolution Foundation, Stephen Clarke, a Senior Economic Analyst gave a warning to employers to adjust migration environment which is much lower, in regards to their products, their workers as well as their operations. This was in prospect of the end of low-wage workers which were unlimited, from the continent.

The Bank of England noticed the emerging rise in salaries and mobility of employees in Nov 2017, 17 months after the vote to leave the EU. At that time, Gertjan Vlieghe, a member of the Monetary Policy Committee in the Bank, did say that they have heard news of difficulty of firms to recruit not just in individual sectors but there is also an issue of broad-based pressure. However, lately, the firms are responding well with the increase in wages.

Low-skilled migrants still needed

While the Migration Advisory Committee (MAC) of the government reported that the migrants who are low-skilled are not required in the UK after Brexit, but the Tories have bowed to industry pressure, and thus, a 12-month work visa will be given to the migrants by Britain after Brexit.

This opens the door to the influx of less expensive migrant Labour is going to destroy the pledge made by the Conservative Party to reduce immigration, as well as, bring down the British workers’ wages.

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UK Mulls Changes To Permanent Residency For Immigrants

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The UK is planning to overhaul residency policy and may terminate automatic residency for migrant workers

The immigration minister of UK Mr. Damian Green recently published that the government is all set to pushing the latest reforms regarding automatic settlement in terms of the employment which is required to be terminated.

According to the UK immigration news, as until now, the migrants on the work permit or the domestic worker’s visa expected that they could go for applying for permanent residency after the 5 years and for the British Citizenship, a year later.

According to the UK immigration news the radical changes includes the new minimum pay thresholds means that candidates with their best working experience are the ones who will be able to apply for the desired residency. As per the new rules, the government intends to do the following:

  • The government will continue to monitor and seek changes to the immigration policy and may even make additional changes to permanent residency policy.
  • Those who run their own business, along with talented migrants will fall under Tier 1 category.
  • As per the UK immigration news, the government will continue to assist and enable settlement for those who fall under Tier 2 plus provided they meet the minimum wage requirement of £35,000.
  • PH-D level scientist and other researchers will qualify the settlement without having the minimum salary criteria.
  • The government will also consider all workers to be exempted in terms of the minimum settlement salary in case of shortage occupations jobs which may include the nurses, social workers, teachers and much more.
  • The candidates who fall under the Tier 2 can  extend the temporary visa in order to stay in UK up to 6 years along with a cooling-off period of about a year.
  • The government plans to make it possible for overseas domestic workers to apply and work privately, in UK for a period of up to six months, but they would be required to stay employed by the same company for this entire duration.
  • The UK government also makes it possible for overseas visitors to undertake short term assignments, for periods not extending one to two months, with no requirements of sponsorship by anyone.
  • Tier 5 category workers, are those who are employed by various diplomatic households, and as such, are allowed to stay and work in UK for a period of up to five years.

The proposed changes, some of which are already in effect, are designed to limit immigration as per criterion set by the government.

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