6,000+ skilled workers denied entry to UK – what does this mean for a post-Brexit future?
This week, Prime Minister Theresa May delivered her much-anticipated Brexit speech, which, seven months after the referendum result, finally provided some clarity on what ‘Brexit means Brexit’ truly means.
In those months, Ukie has been consulting intensively with the sector through our working groups and via surveys, and feeding those results directly to government, and ensuring the concerns of interactive entertainment are heard in papers submitted to government. It is a critical time to make sure we are front and centre of a future proof Industrial Strategy.
The Migration Advisory Committee (MAC), an expert panel of government advisers, has published its recommendations on reducing skilled immigration, following a review held last year. It has recommended relatively modest changes to the immigration system.
New Apprenticeship Levies and the Games Industry
Improving the number of apprenticeships in British industry is a top priority for the new government, which has set a demanding target of 3 million new apprenticeships over the next Parliament - a target which will be overseen by an specific implementation committee at the Cabinet Office.
To fund this the government proposes a new levy - a mandatory payment by businesses into a common pot which is then used to pay for shared benefits, such as in-work training and apprenticeships.
Ukie submission on skilled immigration rules
The government recently asked the Migration Advisory Committee, a semi-independent board of experts, to come up with ways to reduce skilled immigration into the UK. They are holding a consultation over the summer, which Ukie will be fully engaged in. They were also asked to give some initial thoughts on whether the salary thresholds for tier 2 visas (those for skilled immigrants) should be raised, and what impact this would have.
HAVE YOUR SAY: High skill visa restrictions announced
The Government's Migration Advisory Committee (MAC) – a semi-independent body set up to advise on immigration policy – is considering several new measures to bring net migration under 100,000 annually, as proposed in Conservative manifestos. We would like your opinion on how these could impact the games industry.
The proposals are focused on the Tier 2 general visa, which enables UK businesses to employ skilled migrants from outside of the European Economic Area.