Following the sixteen recommendations made by the Migration Advisory Committee, the government are set to introduce a number of measures to protect employment opportunities for UK residents .
From 2010, there will be a requirement on employers to advertise vacancies in Jobcentre Plus for four weeks before they can seek to bring non-EU workers into the UK to fill positions. Any worker being transferred to the UK must have been employed by the company for at least 12 in order to qualify. Previously, jobs only had to be advertised for 2 weeks and the workers only had to be employed by the company for 6 months.
Non-EU workers must also qualify as skilled workers to be eligible for a transfer into the UK. This means that the worker must be earning at least £20,000. This has been increased from £17,000.
Alan Johnson, Home Secretary, said: “The introduction of the points based system has radically improved our ability to respond quickly to changing economic circumstances. We have now accepted all of the Migration Advisory Committee’s recommendations and we will continue to work with them to make sure we use the flexibility in the points system to the best advantage of society and the economy. These changes will ensure that businesses can recruit the skilled foreign workers that the economy needs, but not at the expense of British workers, nor as a cheaper alternative to investing in the skills of the existing workforce.”