Has the government backed down on its immigration promise?

The government has announced its immigration cap and from what I can see there will be no reduction in the number of workers coming form overseas on Intra Company Transfers (ICTs).

Theresa May announced a total limit on labour immigration for the 12 months from April at 21,700.

Tier one immigrants, who are deemed highly skilled, will be hit hardest and only 1000 will be able to enter next year. Tier two immigrants, who have a job offer in the UK, will actually increase from 13,000 to 20,700.

And there will, as David Cameron has already said, be no cap on ICTs. Although the government has put in place a policy that means ICTs staying over one year will have to earn at least £40,000.

The problem with that is many of the IT workers in the UK from countries like India are only here for a short time. They might be involved in a transitional IT project or learning about a customer. These workers only have to be paid a minimum of £24,000.

So there is likely to be as many ICTs as ever. There will probably be more if the government starts to offshore more work to cut costs.

It could be seen as counter-productive if the government increased the cost of ICTs just as it was about to make use of large volumes of Indian IT workers as it transforms government processes.

Also once employers have added living expenses on top of salary I think this will add up to over £40,000 for IT workers. Theresa May said nothing about clamping down on the practice of bundling salary with expenses.





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