Commenting ahead of Theresa May's speech on immigration, Tim Thomas, Head of Employment and Skills Policy at EEF, said:
"In pushing forward with anti-immigration rhetoric Ministers must stop penalising businesses who need to recruit skilled employees from outside of Europe.
“Manufacturers make significant use of migrant labour, as well as intra-company transfers, and those in such roles provide a positive tax and economic benefit. Such migrants are often tasked with up-skilling domestic workers as part of their job.
“Choking off this supply of skilled labour only serves a target driven approach which will do little to address the UK's underlying need for skilled migrant labour whilst, at the same time, training our home-grown workforce."