Immigration: skill shortages inquiry launched

22 July 2015

The Home Affairs Committee is holding an inquiry into the Tier 2 Skilled Workers system.

The inquiry will consider:

  • What impact has the cap of 20,700 employer-sponsored skilled migration (Tier 2 general) visas had upon employers? 
  • Which sectors have been particularly affected?
  • If a cap on Tier 2 skilled workers remains, what is the best way to meet the needs of the UK economy while maintaining control of the number of skilled workers coming to the UK from outside the EEA?
  • If the cap on Tier 2 did not remain, what would replace it?

Chair's comments

Rt Hon Keith Vaz MP, Chair of the Committee, said:

"Reaching the cap limit for the first time last month sparked concerns of skills shortages across the health and care sectors, and among business leaders, particularly in the hospitality industry. It is totally unfair that only those with the highest salaries are granted visas once the cap is reached.
It is easy to see how this could impact on the services, sectors and small businesses who rely on skilled workers from abroad, and in the longer term impact on the economy. There are also serious concerns about the knock-on effect of the loss of the post-study work route.
The Committee hopes to gain an insight into whether the current system is the best way to achieve the twin aims of controlled immigration that can maintain the level of skilled workers essential to providing the services we all rely on and enjoy."

Send a written submission

The Committee invites written submissions on these issues by midday on Thursday 10 September 2015.

Further information

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