Under the new immigration plan set to come into play early next year, people considered ‘low-skilled’ will be unable to come to the UK for work.
People who wish to come to the UK to work will be required to speak English and have a job offer with a salary of £25,600 or more, with few exceptions.
The news comes as ONS labour market figures show a rise in job vacancies for the first time in a year. The REC’s JobsOutlook survey showed almost half (49%) of employers expected to find a shortage of workers. Skills shortages are especially severe among lower-paid jobs such as carers, drivers, and agricultural workers.
Tom Hadley, Director of Policy and Campaigns at the Recruitment & Employment Confederation, commented, “Skills and staff shortages are one of the biggest challenges facing the UK economy. Roles in sectors as diverse as social care, hospitality and construction are already hard to fill which is why we need an evidence-based immigration policy that reflects the needs of employers.”