Commenting on the Migration Advisory Committee (MAC) Report Punam Birly, Employment & Immigration Partner at KPMG said:
“In the immediate short term it is highly unlikely that the Government will restrict low skilled workers coming into the UK and post Brexit I would expect workers from the EU to have some form of preferential status, with immigration rules forming part of new trade deals. However, based on the conclusions of the MAC report it seems that there is a chance that there could be a cap on the number of low skilled workers allowed into the UK from January 2021. Employers, particularly those with a high proportion of low skilled labour, need to think carefully about how they can manage this and have a realistic and effective workforce planning strategy in place.
“With some sectors claiming the recommendations made by the report will leave them desperately short of labour, it only serve to highlight the fact that employers need to have greater focus on how they retain the talent they currently have and what do they need to do in order to hold on to their staff.
“The MAC report forms just part of the debate and the Government is not bound to accept or follow all of the recommendations made. Although the new immigration system being recommended for introduction in 2021 appears to give employers more than enough time to prepare for changes, the attraction of talent is made more difficult if employers don’t know for sure whether their recruits will be able to enter the UK and stay afterwards and /or move freely across borders.
“While the findings and recommendations are of interest, what employers are really looking for is a clear timetable of any changes to the immigration system and a White Paper from our policy makers in order to better understand the overall Government’s policy view and direction of travel.”
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