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REC welcomes more flexible immigration rules for highly skilled workers

REC welcomes more flexible immigration rules for highly skilled workers
 
The Government has today announced the relaxation of immigration rules whereby those earning over 150,000 pa will be exempt from the yearly cap on immigration. Highly-skilled key workers such as research managers, chemists, biochemists, physicists and geologists will also be prioritised in being given permission to work in the UK.
 
The REC has long campaigned for increased flexibility in the immigration rules and todays announcement is a clear indication that the government has listened to the views of British business.
 
Commenting on todays announcement, Gillian Econopouly, the RECs Head of Policy, said:
 
REC members have first hand knowledge of the talent shortages facing many British businesses. The shortage of suitably skilled workers in many sectors is a reality, and while it will not be rectified overnight, this announcement is a welcome step in the right direction. Immigration policy must be flexible and reflect the evolving needs of the UK labour market.
 
These measures, together with the exemption on intra-company transfers, show that the Government recognises the value of highly-skilled workers to the UK and its businesses. We will continue to articulate the views of the industry to Government as recruiters can offer a market-based outlook on what is a highly politicised issue.

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