The UKBA has published a report which investigates the jobs being done by migrants under tier 1 of the points based system. Tier 1 migrants currently do not need a job offer before they arrive in the UK. The issuing of a tier 1 visa is dependent on individuals meeting the correct criteria which include age, qualifications and previous earnings.

Although tier 1 is for highly skilled workers, investors and entrepreneurs, around a third of the 1,184 sampled in the study are currently employed in low-skilled jobs such as shop assistants and cashiers.

Damian Green, the Immigration Minister, said that while he understands the importance of filling low-skilled jobs, these should be done by British nationals, rather than individuals entering the country through the highly skilled migrant programme. He argued that 'Investors and entrepreneurs aside, this report questions the value of this route into the UK, and the findings will play a key part in discussions on how the annual limit will be shaped'.

The full report can be found here.