Immigration Update: Government announces changes to Tier 2 Skilled Worker cap
The Home Office has announced that foreign medics will be excluded from the government’s cap on skilled migration (currently set at a limit of 20,700 non-EU skilled workers a year operated on a monthly quota).
Since December 2017, the cap has been exceeded every month which has meant only the top earners make it through the monthly quota. Over 1,000 IT specialists and engineers have missed out on places. NHS workers currently make up 40% of all Tier 2 places. NHS bosses warned immigration rules were hampering their ability to find workers. Over 2,000 doctors have also missed out on places.
The proposed change will only apply to doctors and nurses, but this would mean it would free up hundreds of spaces a month for workers in other industries. By increasing the number of available spaces by taking doctors and nurses out of the cap this should result in either sufficient places for applicants or at the very least a significant drop in the salary level required to get through the cap.
UK government policy currently aims to reduce net migration to below 100,000 a year; however this announcement could also encourage others to argue for this target to be abandoned.
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Tech Connect Newsletter - February 2021
Welcome to the February edition of our Tech Connect Newsletter.
Post-Brexit Implications for UK/EU Business Travel
How companies need to monitor the activities of their employees on business trips in a post-Brexit world.
Understanding Rules of Origin under the Brexit Agreement
The UK-EU TCA came into effect on 31st December 2020, what does it mean for importers and exporters? and what does Rules of Origin mean?
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What does the Brexit Deal mean for the Construction Industry? Still some serious snagging issues
As the UK leaves the European Union, what does it mean for the Construction Industry?
Employment update 2021: the year ahead
We set out a timeline of the key changes expected for the year ahead in employment law, and how to best prepare for them.
Ban on residential evictions extended
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‘Black holes’ on construction projects – The gravity of the situation
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Beyond Brexit: What is the position for cross-border disputes now?
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Temporary restrictions on winding-up petitions extended until 31 March 2021
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Property Patter: What would property litigators like for Christmas?
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Tackling Recruitment & Potential Racial Discrimination under the UK’s new Post-Brexit Immigration System
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