Following the announcement today of the Government’s post-Brexit migration plans, the Advertising Association has issued the following statement.
“We welcome the certainty today’s Government announcement brings in clarifying how the future immigration system will work. The UK is a global hub for advertising and the flow of skilled talent to and from the UK has helped attract business to this country and increase the number of advertising jobs for UK citizens. While the industry has greatly benefited from free movement, we believe that the new points-based system, enabling foreign skilled workers to enter the country if they have a job offer earning above £25,600, coupled with the ability of students to stay on in the country for two years after graduating, and the temporary worker visa are to be welcomed.
“We are concerned that there isn’t much time for businesses to transition to the new system as it needs to be working from 1 Jan 2021 and until we see the system in action, we are also concerned that it could be overly bureaucratic and cumbersome. We would ask the Government to ensure that the Shortage Occupation List is flexible and future-looking to respond to the economy’s present and future demands. The Government should also tie educational outcomes with immigration reforms to ensure that domestic talent coming into the workplace has the right skills.”