By Ben Simmons
The Home Office yesterday announced plans to limit immigration to those earning £35,000 or more. The scheme would help ensure the UK receives only the ‘best and brightest’ workers, whilst boosting revenue for the treasury.
Commenting on the decision Dr Adam Marshall, Director of Policy at the British Chambers of Commerce stressed the need to welcome highly skilled immigrants regardless of earnings:
"While a salary threshold set at £35,000 will not stop the best and the brightest migrants from coming here to contribute to our economy, employers remain concerned about the potential for unintended consequences so this new level must be monitored. We welcome the exemption from the threshold for employees using the shortage occupation route, as they have the key skills Britain needs to power economic recovery, while giving the government and employers time to train up UK nationals to fill these gaps.
"However,” he added, “the government must be clearer that Britain welcomes the best talent from overseas. Sometimes the rhetoric is off-putting. If skilled individuals think the UK doesn't want their skills, they will go to our global competitors who have made their interest very clear.”
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