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No visas for low-skilled workers under current government post-Brexit plan

19 February 2020

Calls for the UK government to rethink its immigration proposals are growing, following the announcement of its immigration policy set to take effect in January 2021.

Low paid and unskilled workers will not be granted visas under the current plans, with critics stating that the immigration policy will cause major issues to many sectors if they remain unchanged.

In addition to the cleaning and catering sectors within FM, healthcare, farming and food production have been identified as additional areas that will find it difficult to recruit sufficient numbers of people, with further negative impact predicted due to the government's policy.

The leisure industry is predicted to be another that will find recruitment difficult in the future.

Speaking on the BBC Breakfast programme this morning, Home Secretary Priti Patel said the government is aiming to "encourage people with the right talent" to come to the UK.

She further stated that the immigration policy would "reduce the levels of people coming to the UK with low skills".

Ms Patel said businesses should prepare for the availability of fewer foreign workers by investing in technology that brings higher levels of automation.

The government's immigration policy is planned to operate on the basis that a minimum of 70 points would be needed to ensure entry into the UK after December 31.

Twenty points can be awarded to those receiving a job offer, with the same number awarded for appropriate skills levels and also for PhD qualifications in relevant STEM subjects.

A further 10 points is available for English speakers, which would take the total of points to the required 70.

The above would not apply for skilled workers applying to come to the UK and earning £25,600 or more.

However, the government has also said that lower pay levels would be allowed for occupations in sectors with specific labour shortages, down to a proposed rate of £20,480 although more details are expected to be confirmed in the future.

Critics of the scheme so far include the Royal College of Nursing, the National Farmer's Union, the Food and Drink Federation and a growing number of MPs.

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