Following the Government’s acceptance of recommendations by the Migration Advisory Committee, it will now be more difficult for foreign skilled workers to fill jobs in Britain under the points based system.

From 2010 employers will have to wait for a 4 week period before offering jobs to workers from outside Europe. In addition, workers from abroad who want to transfer to the British base of their employer will have to have worked for at least 12 months for that employer (as opposed to a 6 month minimum under current legislation). The threshold salary which enables a worker to be classed as a skilled worker also increases, from £17,000 to £20,000.