Tories limit immigration, let the debate begin

The Tories have set their stall to reduce the immigration of non EU citizens to the UK.

With a little help from their new friends, the liberals, the government has cut the number of permitted immigrants over the next 12 months by 5%. An interim cap while the government decides what to do.

The Tories promised a cap in their manifesto.

Thousands of IT workers enter the UK from countries like India using the Intra Company Transfer (ICT) route. This is where workers can enter the UK without a visa if the employer has a UK operation.

This blog has stirred a lot of debate over the issue and I welcome comments from all corners of the IT industry. And for that matter anybody else with an opinion.

Let the debate begin. Is it good or bad for IT in the UK?

IT outsourcing service providers regularly use this route.

It is very controversial and there is loads written about it. Thousands of UK IT professionals are often overlooked or become surplus to requirements as a result of offshore workers undercutting them.

The counter argument is that UK companies need the skills on offer so a cap would be be bad news.

Some think caps on IT immigration will be the UK’s loss.

Everybody wants to cut costs right now so limits on offshore workers in the UK might make life more difficult for CEOs, CFOs, CIOs. And of course public sector organisations.