The Deputy Director General of the Confederation of British Industry, John Cridland, said that \”The figures used [to set the temporary Immigration Cap] were artificially low as they were based on numbers at the height of the recession in 2009. As firms are gearing up for growth, some are finding that they are only able to use a handful of non-EU specialist staff.\” The Law Society also said that \”Britain\’s ability to remain internationally competitive is under threat and our business community is also feeling the pressure at a time when we need to revive the economy rather than hinder it. The UK could lose large volumes of legal transactional work to other jurisdictions if we are not allowed access to the best talent in strong and emerging economies, such as China and India, as well as our partners in the US and Australia, for example.\”
A spokesperson for GlaxoSmithKline said that \”GSK understands the government\’s aim of reducing migration to manageable levels in the UK. However, it is very important that this doesn\’t inadvertently prevent global businesses based in the UK, such as GSK, from moving employees with specialist skills – often key talent – between our sites in different countries. In addition, occasionally we need to recruit new individuals based outside the EU for roles in the UK. We understand the government is sympathetic to these concerns and we are engaging with them during the consultation process on the detail of the proposals.\”
London Mayor opposes Immigration Cap
Earlier in the month the Mayor of London, Boris Johnson, wrote a letter to Theresa May (the Home Secretary) calling for a rethink of the policy. Mr Johnson said that “leading companies are unanimous in their opposition and are hostile to the proposal. They warn that the limit will damage small, medium and large businesses, prevent inward investment, talent and trade opportunities coming to London, and thereby materially damage London’s competitiveness”.
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