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REC comment on changes to immigration points-based system

REC comment on changes to immigration points-based system
 
The Government has today announced that it will implement the recommendations of the Migration Advisory Committee (MAC) on the operation of the points-based system for immigration.
 
Commenting on the decision, Anne Fairweather, Head of Public Policy at the REC said: "The REC provided evidence to the MAC for their consultation.  The changes in the labour market in the past year have been dramatic so it is vital that recruiters and employers focus on moving the unemployed back into work.  However some skills shortages remain and we are pleased to see that the Government has not cut off the immigration tap.  If vacancies cannot be filled by those resident in Britain then immigration is necessary for businesses to move out of recession faster."
 
The changes to the operation of the points-based system, most notably that vacancies will need to be advertised for four weeks with Jobcentre Plus before they can be filled from overseas, will come into force next year.
 

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