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The cap on working visa immigration introduced this year has caused ‘minor damage’ to employers’ ability to recruit skilled workers, but the full effects have not been experienced as employers are reluctant to create jobs at present, a new study has found.

A new report from the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development said there is “scant evidence” the migrant cap introduced in April is hampering recruitment of specialist staff but its minimal effects are largely due to the economic crisis and rising unemployment.

The CIPD urged the Government not to restrict the number of migrants coming to work in Britain any more than planned because the country needed to remain flexible to hiring overseas labour if demand picked up.

The latest labour market outlook report showed demand for migrant workers fell in the quarter to December, alongside a decline in overall hiring intentions.

The number of private sector firms planning to hire migrants decreased over the quarter to 23pc, down from 32pc in the previous three months.

The fall in demand was largely felt among engineering, IT and finance roles, the survey said.

Gerwyn Davies, public policy adviser at the CIPD, said: “Looking at migration statistics in isolation, it might look like the migrant cap now fits.

“With employment prospects set to deteriorate further in the next year, there is scant evidence that the cap is hampering or will impact on employers’ ability to fill vacancies with skilled workers in the short to medium.

“However, this could change quickly if the economic situation improves in the UK and EU, in which case, the Government needs to be alert to raising the bar accordingly if we face a situation where the demand is exceeding supply of suitably qualified and experienced staff for highly skilled roles.”

The Government introduced new rules in April which set an annual limit of 20,700 non-EU migrant workers coming to Britain under Tier 2 of the visa system.

The limit does not apply to multinational companies transferring workers from overseas departments to British offices, although strict conditions apply on who has the right to stay in the UK for long periods of time. Source: The Telegraph.

The findings of this report do not reflect the anecdotal evidence from care industry and catering employers who are finding it difficult to recruit senior carers.

Employers are increasing turning to Eastern European workers to fill vacancies, but many do not realise that not all EU citizens have the same right to work in the UK.

When it comes to working in the UK (and many other EU countries) Bulgarian and Romanian citizens do not have the same rights as other Europeans, for instance from Poland, Slovakia or other A8 Accession countries.

Bulgarians and Romanians coming to the UK can set up a business or obtain a student Yellow Card registration permit, which allows them to study and work full time if they are taking vocational courses such as NVQ or QCF courses in Health and Social Care.

See also:

Could David Cameron’s EU veto spell the end of ‘free movement of labour rights’ and mass immigration from Eastern Europe?

EU and non-EU workers take more UK jobs as number of Britons in work plunges

Health care workers needed in UK now


Free Movement of EU nationals explained

Immigration Rules for Bulgarian and Romanian nationals

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Majestic College offer special packages for EU students. They also have a number of employers looking for staff right now and are willing to employ Bulgarians and Romanians.

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