Delyn MP David Hanson has welcomed the strict new criteria for foreign workers hoping to fill skilled vacancies in Britain’s labour market.
As part of the introduction of the UK’s Australian-style Points Based System (PBS) to control immigration, the Government has published criteria for much tighter criteria for Tiers 2 and 5 of the scheme – which cover skilled and temporary workers respectively.
Home Office analysis showed if the tighter Tier 2 and 5 rules had been in place last year, close to 10% fewer skilled and temporary migrants from outside the EEA would have been allowed into Britain to work in equivalent categories – around 20,000 people. In addition, the Home Office confirmed that from this year low skilled workers from outside the EU will be barred.
David Hanson said:
“I welcome these changes which will mean that British-based companies will have to prove they cannot fill skilled posts with a resident worker and must show that the job vacancy has been advertised in the UK.
“Would-be migrants will need a job offer before they even apply for a visa, unless the job is on the shortage occupation list.
“To qualify, skilled foreign nationals will have to earn a certain number of points before being allowed to work in Britain. Points are awarded only if a person can prove that they will be doing skilled work; they can speak a good standard of English; and are earning more than £24,000, or have a decent qualification.
“We must also ensure that those that break the rules and employ illegal workers face tough sanctions. Figures released by the Home Office show that in the first 80 days of the new illegal working regime – introduced at the end of February this year – 137 businesses were issued with Notices of Potential Liability worth almost half a million pounds.
“Civil penalties have also been introduced to make it easier than ever to fine those employers who give jobs to people with no right to work without carrying out the proper checks.”