On 29 July 2014, both the Prime Minister, David Cameron, and the Home Secretary, Theresa May, announced “a new crackdown on immigration abuses […] as part of the Government’s long-term economic plan to secure a better future for Britain”.

Although the exact details of these changes have yet to be announced, businesses, education providers and migrants can expect to be affected.

Businesses and Migrant Workers

As Tier 2 sponsors are aware, a search of the resident labour market is required for certain vacancies before a migrant worker can be sponsored. This is to ensure that there are no settled workers (including British citizens) who are suitable to fill the role.

On 29 July 2014, the Government launched a consultation on prohibiting the advertising of jobs exclusively in other EEA countries thereby excluding the UK. The consultation signals an attempt by the Government to legally require businesses and employment agencies to advertise UK jobs in the UK if they wish also to advertise overseas. Mr Cameron has also written that he wants to restrict the number of JobCentre Plus jobs which are automatically advertised on an EU-wide job portal “by more than 500,000”.

Responses to the consultation are required by 2 September 2014 and the consultation concludes in October 2014.