Tory caps on immigrant IT workers will be UK's loss

The Tory plans to limit the number of overseas workers in the UK could lead to a brain drain in the UK.

Tory plans to cap the number of workers permitted in the UK appears to be one of its ideas that has avoided the Liberal Democrat quick rinse and therefore should go ahead. Although promise actually means something different in politics.

According to an overseas senior IT professional the UK is not that good a destination for people with high level IT skills.

This is what he said:

“Even though the UK has an incredibly high demand for skilled IT professionals, the standard of living in the UK has become very low compared to other developed countries.

Cameron will now go ahead with his plans to put a cap on immigration, but I’m not intimidated. There are many immigrants in my department and even though we are paid less money, we bring a significant contribution. Speaking for myself, I am a lot more skilled and produce a lot more compared to colleagues of about the same age.

Despite the general, simplistic argument that we are taking jobs away from UK nationals, we are bringing a specialised workforce to a country that is depleted of high-level IT skills.

So if the new Prime Minister wants to continue to bear the high costs of that sort of work and make it more difficult for immigrants to come and work here, I don’t care – I’m off to Canada soon anyway!”



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Karl, you do like winding us up, don't you! This guy is leaving for Canada soon? Good riddance, although it's a pity the Canadians didn't change their immigration points system a little earlier to reflect the fact that they no longer believe their economy needs massive numbers of Imported Computing Trainees.

Your guy thinks he and his onshored colleagues are brought in to address skills shortages? Yeah, right. I've worked with too many of these guys (and seen the CVs of too many others) to fall for that self-serving nonsense. With tens of thousands of experienced IT workers already out of work in the UK, and thousands more following as fast as RBS can ship their jobs offshore, this country really needs to act as a taxpayer-subsidised finishing school for 46,000 largely inexperienced trainee developers in the last year alone, all too many of whom can barely speak English or show any initiative and who frequently need constant spoon-feeding from the same people whose jobs they are scheduled to replace. And if there really is a shortage of inexperienced graduate trainees in the UK, that's mainly because British employers - eagerly assisted by the last government - have spent the last 5 years or more firing experienced staff, eliminating entry-level jobs for new IT graduates, and shipping jobs and opportunities (and profits) offshore.

The only real shortage is of people who can afford to live in the UK on a Bombay salary while having to pay UK taxes, mortgages, pension costs and all the other expenses that many of these imported workers never have to worry about.

So if the new government genuinely wants to put a stop to this catastrophic spiral of self-destruction in the UK IT industry, good luck to them.


As always thanks for you comments. Like any journalist worth his salt I am giving both sides of the story.

I suppose you are right by saying I am winding people up, but if it stirs debate and generates good responses like your's then the job of a blog is done.

Thanks again


"even though we are paid less money"

That sums it up. It is about employers getting cheap labour, migrants being underpaid and UK workers being undercut.

The UK has a surplus of IT workers (and over 40 thousand unemployed). In many areas pay has remained static or fallen (and certainly fallen in real terms) in the last 5 years due to the influx of cheap resources. Migrant IT workers are finding that the standard of living they can reach here is poor as more workers arrive to undercut them and employers consider them cheap labour.

I would think that anyone who has got a tier 1 or 2 visa would secretly welcome future restrictions or already be planning to move somewhere where they will be paid a salary that gives them a decent standard of living.

I also suspect that intra company transfers will not be included in any cap as they no longer lead to a permanent right to live in the UK.

This will leave a much smaller pool of people for the new government to target I.e. people who have actually demonstrated through the tougher requirements (that ICTs bypass) that they have something to contribute.

So we could end up with a system that keeps out specialist doctors while allowing in tens of thousands of IT workers.