On 31st December, the freedom of movement agreement between the Uk to EU will no longer be in place. This means that EU citizens will be treated in the same way as non-EU citizens. The Home Secretary said that this is to “reduce the levels of people coming into the UK with low skills”
This Post-Brexit immigration plan is designed to discourage employers from relying on cheap labour from Europe.
So under the new plan, what equates to ‘Low Skilled’ workers?
‘Skilled’ workers are defined as those educated to A-Level or recognised equivalent standard.
The new ‘skilled’ category will also include skills such as Carpentry, plastering and childminding. But the government is removing Waiting tables and Farm Workers from the category.
The points-based system
Similar to Canada and Australia, the UK will be using a points-based system to allow non-UK citizens the right to work in the UK. The total required will be 70 points. If you have the written offer of a skilled job and you can speak English, you will get 50 points.
Other points will be granted on other aspects such as Sector Skill Shortages, your level of qualifications and the salary you have been offered by your “approved sponsor”
These changes will undoubtedly leave certain sectors like the hospitality sector, farming industry and the NHS, with a big issue when it comes to staffing and recruitment. With companies often saying, UK residents do not want to work low skilled jobs. The government have already addressed these concerns, explaining to businesses that they must “adapt and adjust”.
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