From 14 December 2009 in respect of new advertising campaigns all jobs in the UK affected by the resident labour market test for Tier 2 of the points based system will have to be advertised in a Job Centre for up to 4 weeks before employers can look for staff from outside Europe. In addition in Spring 2010 overseas workers who want to transfer to the UK base of their company will have to work for that company for 1 year rather than just 6 months prior to the move. The minimum salary which allows a worker to qualify as a skilled worker will also then rise from £17,000 to £20,000.

These moves are intended to ensure British workers are first in line for the jobs and also have longer to apply.  

Immigration – Progress of Bill

The draft Immigration Bill has been published. There are currently 5 categories of leave that may be applied for by those seeking entry to the UK and these will be replaced with a single concept of “immigration permission”, with permission either being temporary or permanent. The aim is to strengthen border control, simplify the immigration process and streamline the removal of those who do not have the right to remain in the UK.