News | 10 October 2019

Immigration and the skills shortage: share your views and help to shape the future

The skills gap is often talked about as one of the main - and growing - challenges that our profession faces. But, how real is it, and how will the Government’s proposed post-Brexit skills-based immigration policy - which will see the ending of free movement of people from the EU – affect service providers in the workplace and facilities management profession?

The Migration Advisory Commission (MAC) - an independent, non-departmental public body that advises the Government on migration issues - is currently seeking the views of businesses - especially those that employ migrant workers - on the proposed minimum salary threshold under the new immigration system. Currently, it is proposed to be set at £30,000, but will this cut off the supply of immigrant low-skilled workers who play such an important role in many parts of our profession, and what could the effects be on the wider economy?

In addition, the Prime Minister has asked the MAC to consider how an ‘Australian-style’ points-based immigration system might work after the UK has left the EU. The MAC is looking for views on how points could be allocated to attributes such as educational qualifications, work experience and language proficiency. Salary thresholds will also be considered in the context of this system.

Some of our members report that they are already struggling to attract the skills they need, while others have said that this is not an issue for them - at least, not yet. IWFM would encourage members with any relevant knowledge, expertise or experience in recruiting overseas workers to submit their views and evidence to the MAC. 

The link to the MAC’s consultation can be found here; the deadline for submitting evidence is 9.00am on 5 November 2019.

We would also be delighted to hear the thoughts and opinions of any members whose business has been, or may be, affected by future immigration policy and rules. If you would like to get in touch, please email: policy@iwfm.org.uk

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