Brown to relax overseas recruitment rules in budget

Tina Milton

Tina Milton

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.

The changes will be announced on March 21 in a budget that claims to promote the 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.

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