The Intra Company Transfers (ICT) regulations are being abused on a massive scale by businesses attempting to get low-cost IT workers from overseas, according to the Professional Contractors Group (PCG).
The PCG said that since launching a campaign in May, it has been receiving up to 20 emails a day from membersalerting it to abuses of the ICT regulation.
The organisation has had a massive response to the campaign and website set up to highlight abuses of the system, which is seeing UK IT contractors replaced by Indian workers.
The ICT system was originally set up to enable companies to get visas for workers with specialist knowledge. This circumvents the need to advertise the role in the UK. But workers withskills neededin the UK are being brought in large numbers, with UK IT workers being affected more than other sectors.
The PCG said 35,430 non-EU IT workers came into the UK last year, with 80% of these using the intra-company transfer system which does not require the sponsoring company to advertise the vacancy in the UK first.
"We know that out of all ICT work permits, a disproportionately large majority are given to workers in the IT industry," said the PCG.