Business Leader Magazine seeks Migrate UK’s opinion on new Prime Minister

Barney Cotton, assistant editor for Business Leader Magazine spoke to Karen Kaur, Migrate UK’s senior immigration consultant:

‘Boris Johnson is a Prime Minister who knows that ‘playing the numbers game’ is not going to cut immigration levels as has been the Conservative manifesto since 2010 whilst Theresa May was still Home Secretary. Maybe that is why May became Prime Minister as there was the hope that migration levels will be reduced but Boris has learnt from this. Although migration from EU member states has dwindled, the rest of the world is still open for business and continues to compete for a place in the UK market.’

‘Although Boris doesn’t commit to reducing immigration levels, he does propose to put in place a stringent points-based system like Australia, which will see an elitist immigration system which takes into consideration a migrant’s level of skill, education, age and English language proficiency thus, side-lining the lower skilled migrants.’

‘However, the Migration Advisory Committee (MAC) is proposing to drop the skill level to RQF level 3 so Boris’s request to the MAC to focus on an Australian points-based system to ‘control’ migration as oppose to ‘lowering’ it, may well be taken into consideration but without his desired result.’

‘It would be much better to see the quota system abolished alongside lowering of skill levels as MAC proposes, as there is a need for both highly skilled migrants and those that work in key manual and seasonal roles. Boris’s assertion that the migrant’s professional and personal skill levels be taken into account, will no doubt be a welcomed viewpoint on the way in which migration should be handled but his blasé approach with failing to comment on the cut to immigration levels has swung in his favour. He hasn’t promised to cut migration, but he has shown the intention to curb it.’

Revised minimum skills levels for overseas workers: RFQ levels 3 and 4 with salary between £20k and £30k?

HR Magazine invited Migrate UK’s MD Jonathan Beech to consider whether lowering salary thresholds for foreign workers from £30,000 to £20,00 would solve the skills crisis.

Published on 24th July 2019, read Jonathan’s article here:

HR magazine speaks to University of London, Unison, Migrate UK

The Tory leadership race: What will a new prime minister mean for HR?

Column written by Alex Roberts, published July 04, 2019

As employers consider the two final candidates, HR magazine sought to find out what UK employers want from a new prime minister.

Five different perspectives were considered: academia (professor of transformational leadership), low skilled sector (farming), trade union, career management and immigration.

HR magazine approached Migrate’s MD Jonathan Beech for his perspective.

‘It is unlikely that 31 October will end up being the date EU citizens will have to enter the UK, to enjoy all the benefits currently available, but the rhetoric being used about exiting sooner rather than later, indicates that employers have look at their recruitment plans and current EU workforce now’

Read the full article here:

Financial Times quotes Migrate UK’s research

In 2018, Migrate UK commissioned a survey of 1,000 human resource directors. The results indicated 66% were struggling to find sufficient skills since the Brexit referendum. Especially within banking (86%), finance (83%) and IT (79%) sectors.

This survey was referenced in Pilita Clark’s column, published in the Financial Times 1 July 2019, ‘A Brexit storm has already hit, and employers are paying for it’.
Ms Clark’s analysis of job ads on LinkedIn indicates a noticeable drop in the UK’s share of EU job searches. She notes that some experts have said that businesses are being driven to offer ‘lavish pay and perks’ to employees.

Migrate UK’s survey did indicate that higher salaries, bigger bonuses, extra holidays and new company car schemes were among extra incentives being offered.

Ms Clark writes that Migrate UK’s survey results match a more recent polling undertaken by Coleman Parkes research firm for LinkedIn.

Both surveys has been quoted in the Irish World Newspaper (Perks and payrises as UK businesses struggle to stop skilled employees saying goodbye) and the Irish times (Britan faces a drought and it’s Brexit’s fault).