APSCo on BBC Radio 5 and LBC
APSCo on BBC Radio 5 and LBC yesterday morning ahead of announcement on immigration cap
Theresa May due to unveil immigration cap today
Intra-company transfers (ICTs) must be included in the immigration cap or the Government will fail in its promise to cut immigration from 196,000 to the tens of thousands by 2015, Ann Swain, Chief Executive of the Association of Professional Staffing Companies (APSCo), told BBC Radio 5 Live and LBC radio this morning.
Theresa May, the Home Secretary, will unveil details of the immigration cap at 3.30 pm yesterday (23/11/10).
ICTs allow companies to transfer non-EU workers to fill jobs in the UK without having to try to recruit from the UK labour market first. Nearly 30,000 non-EU IT workers came to the UK on ICTs in 2008.
APSCo has been campaigning for the toughening up of the rules governing ICTs since 2005.
Comments Ann Swain, CEO, of APSCo: 80% of work permits issued in the IT sector are intra-company transfers, so to exclude them from the immigration cap would be nonsensical.
Abuse of the intra-company transfer system has been going on for years in the IT sector. Many of the people coming in are filling mid-level roles, which could be sourced from the UK labour market.
The Home Office needs to be much more aggressive in ensuring that companies are not bringing in entry-level workers on ICTs to undercut the UK workforce.