‘Shortage Occupations List’ open for consultation as Immigration Bill progresses
The wheels of government are continuing to turn on matters other than those related to coronavirus and this week saw the second reading of the Immigration Bill.
The legislation will end free movement at the end of this year and lay the foundation for a new points-based immigration system. The new system will treat EU and non-EU citizens equally and transform the way in which all migrants come to the UK to work.
In her announcement to the house, Home Secretary Rt. Hon. Pritti Patel MP said: “We understand this is a very challenging time for businesses. The coronavirus pandemic is the biggest crisis we have faced in our lifetime. We need people, regardless of nationality, to continue coming together, using their skills and expertise to support the United Kingdom’s recovery. That is why we are providing certainty and support on the new system now.”
Support for businesses
The Home Office has announced that it is continuing to engage with employers to understand their needs and help them to prepare for the changes that points-based migration will bring.
A guide to the points-based immigration system for employers has been published and further information and guidance will be issued in the coming months. Trade organisation AIMS will be monitoring this and says it intends to keep its members updated.
The Home Secretary has also commissioned the independent Migration Advisory Committee to advise on what occupations should be included in the Shortage Occupation Lists under the new system. AIMS sees skilled butchery as being essential to include on that list.
The new points based system may affect meat businesses so they can contribute to the open consultation process by clicking here . The deadline is 11:45pm on 24th June 2020 for submissions.
The Home Office statement said: “We want to hear organisations’ views on the roles that are being filled by migrant workers, the salaries they are paid and the implications of potential changes.”