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Migration Advisory Committee (MAC) publishes recommendations on 2012/2013 cap


Today the Migration Advisory Committee (MAC), the independent body advising government on migration issues, has published its recommendations on the 2012/2013 levels for the immigration cap. This follows a period of consultation and engagement with a range of stakeholders, including the REC, which maintains a strong working relationship with the MAC.

‘While the REC remains opposed to the immigration cap in principle, we continue to engage with the MAC and the Home Office on how to limit the negative impact on jobs and growth. Our members in specialist sectors such as Technology, Life Sciences and Engineering are struggling to secure much-needed talent to meet skills shortages, despite the Government identifying these as high growth industries critical for the economic recovery.’

REC Head of Policy Gillian Econopouly commented:

‘The bright spot is that the MAC has clearly heard the concerns of the REC and those at the frontline of the jobs market by recommending that the cap is held at its current (2011/2012) level rather than being reduced. We welcome the MAC’s acknowledgement that the highly-skilled workers who enter under Tier 2 visas are “the very people who are most likely to contribute to economic growth” and “make a substantial net contribution to the public finances”.’

The MAC has also recommended keeping Intra-Company Transfers (ICTs) under review given the potential for displacement of resident workers where ICTs are being used improperly. The REC maintains that proper enforcement, rather than additional limits on ICTs, is the best way to address this issue.

Taken from REC UK


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