The Chancellor of the Exchequer Gordon Brown is planning to relax work permit rules to allow IT companies to recruit specialists from overseas in the budget.
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The changes will be announced on March 21 in a budget that claims to promote the dot.com sector. Brown wants to help high-tech companies that face recruitment problems and skill shortages.
Susie Hughes, a spokeswoman for the Professional Contractors Group (PCG), a lobbying group that represents over 6,000 contractors said that the UK already has individuals that are pushing back the boundaries of IT in the e-commerce field. "It is indicative that many other countries want the skills of UK contractors. There is a degree of irony that the UK's own entrepreneurs are closing their businesses or working overseas, while the Government has realised that there is a skills shortage and relaxes the requirements for non-Europeans into the UK."
More investment in training should be the answer to increasing skill levels in this country, instead of looking elsewhere, according to Hughes.