Commenting on the government’s response to the Migration Advisory Committee (MAC) report, Director of Employment and Skills Policy at EEF, the manufacturers’ organisation, Tim Thomas, said:
“Pilling on extra costs to employers to recruit the highly-skilled workers they need will do nothing to help UK manufacturers currently experiencing a major skills crunch. There is no doubt that manufacturers are heavily investing in training the UK workforce and, will continue to do so. However, they must also have the flexibility to recruit the best person for the job from across the globe.
“In particular, employers see no need for the immigration skills charge. The new UK-wide apprenticeship levy makes any proposal for an additional skills charge redundant and government should have simply scrapped this idea.
“Streamlining the intra-company transfer route is merely an attempt to restrict its use. International companies will no longer have the same level of flexibility to move their employees as their own global branches. This will be viewed as nothing more than absurd.”
Amongst the main impact on manufacturers will be:
• Implementation of an immigration skills charge at £1,000 per employee per year
• Significant increase in minimum salaries
• Scrapping of the short-term Intra Company Transfer (ICT) route, so now only one ICT route is in place which carries with it a minimum salary of £41,500 to move someone from a global company to a UK site