Clearing house planned for EU workers
The Construction Leadership Council (CLC) says it is working with CITB and other bodies to develop a ‘clearing house’ system, which would help the industry navigate through any new immigration system introduced for EU workers seeking to work in the UK.
The rules proposed by the migration advisory committee (MAC) this week would mean only migrants with a job and salary of more than £25,600 could settle in the UK.
Speaking to Building, Simon Rawlinson, head of strategy at the CLC, said: “In order for the MAC proposals to work under the current industry model of flexible employment, there will need to be a ‘clearing house’ that brings overseas-sourced skilled labour into the UK on behalf of UK construction businesses.”
The UK will remain part of the EU’s single market, which includes freedom of movement for EU nationals, until transitional arrangements with the EU finish at the end of 2020. However, the UK Government has indicated that it intends to bring in an ‘Australian-style points-based system’ once this transitional period is over.