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21 Feb 20201 minute read

Points-based immigration system unveiled

Points-based immigration system unveiled

The Government has unveiled a new, points-based immigration system post-Brexit, which they say will “open up the UK to the best and brightest in the world”.

Home Secretary Priti Patel said, “We’re ending free movement, taking back control of our borders and delivering on the people’s priorities by introducing a new UK points-based immigration system, which will bring overall migration numbers down.”

The system, which comes into effect from 1 January 2021, will require applicants of entry into the UK to meet a number of relevant criteria, including the ability to speak English, a requirement to hold a job offer, and a minimum salary threshold of £25,600.

Andrew Eldred, ECA's director of employment and skills, said, “Each year thousands of young people and career-changers languish on full-time college construction courses because they can’t find an apprenticeship, and struggle to win steady employment afterwards. Many eventually give up. Claims by some industry leaders that a potential workforce can’t be sourced locally just won’t wash.

“This long-standing paradox of industry skills shortages and a large army of neglected recruits won’t be fixed by the new immigration rules on their own. The broader construction business environment remains extremely hostile to long-term investment in people and skills.”

ECA’s full statement can be read here.


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