By Max Clarke

The British Chambers of Commerce (BCC) and the Confederation of British Industry (CBI) comment on the permanent immigration cap, announced today, and how the changes may affect business.

Dr Adam Marshall, Director of Policy at the British Chambers of Commerce, said:

‘Business said loud and clear that any new immigration rules must still let companies access the right talent, at the right time, when domestic workers are unable to fill skills gaps.

“The new rules show that after a period of great uncertainty, the Government is listening harder to business concerns. The changes to the ‘Tier 2’ arrangements mean that companies will have a better chance of getting much-needed international talent, and growing their business. This in turn will benefit UK plc.

“However, we will continue to monitor whether the latest immigration rules hamper businesses seeking to recruit the skilled personnel they need. If problems do surface, the Government must remain flexible, and make changes once again.”

Neil Carberry, CBI Head of Employment policy, said:

“This announcement of new rules for the immigration cap confirms the Government’s welcome decision to prioritise skilled workers under Tier 2 — the sponsored work permit system — and exempt many transfers of firms’ own highly-paid staff.

“The Government is right to be putting the emphasis on the most economically beneficial part of the system. As the economy recovers, it will be vital that there are sufficient numbers in Tier 2 for the UK to remain attractive as a place to invest.”