Tories will limit number of foreign IT workers in the UK

The Conservative’s would introduce a limit on the number of overseas IT workers allowed into the UK on intra company transfers.

Is this just electioneering or could it work.

With an election looming it is no surprise that the Tories have a stance on the practice of UK companies replacing UK staff with lower cost foreign workers.

The Tories describes its policy as one of “controlling legal migration.”

Basically depending on the availability of UK workers the limits will be changed.

“We will introduce an explicit annual limit on the numbers of non- EU economic migrants. We support the points based system, but believe that it can only be fully effective when a limit is implemented,” said the Conservative party.

If they won the election the Conservatives said it would introduce an “explicit annual limit on the numbers of non- EU economic migrants taking into consideration the effects a rising population has on our public services, transport infrastructure and local communities. The ability to move the limit up and down would be a visible sign that the immigration system is sensitive to the needs of British workers in a recession. This would enable us to react directly to fluctuations in the labour market.”

“The one big gap in the points-based system is that there is no overall limit on how many permits can be issued in any one year,” said shadow Immigration Minister Damian Green.

“This is why the public has a lack of confidence in the immigration system, which people regard as being out of control. This is why a Conservative government would introduce an annual limit, so that Britain can continue to attract those who will help our economy without putting too much pressure on our essential public services.”

Seven Indian companies accounted for 43% of the IT workers entering the UK on ICTs. The total number of IT workers coming in on ICTs was 29,240 with 12,573 working for the Indian firms.

Regarding Indian companies using ICTs to bring over IT workers, he said:  “It seems extraordinary that when British workers can’t find jobs we are bringing foreign workers from halfway round the world. This is another sign that Gordon Brown’s ‘British jobs for British workers’ was a meaningless sound bite.”

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This comment came from Mark Lewis. He is a lawyer at Berwin Leighton Paisner.

"If you think about this: apparently there were (of a total of about 35k) approximately 30k ICT visas granted to Indians in '08. It is suggested that most if not all were IT workers. Do we really need that many in the UK, or even close to that number? My point is that there is no reason to have an infinite number - or even such a high number - of ICTs issued. So a quota may be the fairest way forward for offshore IT suppliers and UK business."

I wonder if there will be a lottery like for the US H-1B visa or will visas be auctioned to the highest bidders.

The latter would raise some more money for the government and also ensure the most valuable skills are brought into the country.

Thanks ArgieBee

I wonder what will actually happen after the election. Probably not much.