Oil & Gas UK Cautiously Welcomes Government's Announcement on Migration Limit as Broadly Positive
Oil & Gas UK has welcomed the announcement today (November 23) that skilled migrants entering the UK as intra company transfers will be excluded from the Government’s cap on migrants entering the UK to work.
Malcolm Webb, Oil & Gas UK’s chief executive, said: “We still await the full details of the new policy but we were pleased to hear that intra company transfers (ICTs) for skilled migrants will be excluded from the cap. This route is particularly important for the oil and gas sector as companies rely on the flexibility to bring their highly skilled people with specialist expertise, usually for a fixed period, to work in teams here in the UK and we applaud the Government for listening to concerns raised across the business community and recognising that these people have an important contribution to make to our industry and to the UK economy as a whole.”
Jessica Burton, Oil & Gas UK’s manager, special projects, said. “We are pleased to see that the Government seems to understand the importance of supporting those skilled migrants who can make the greatest contribution to the UK’s recovering economy. In this regard, the introduction of the ‘exceptional talent’ route into the UK, under Tier 1, is also good news as it will prioritise the migration of gifted and talented academics and scientists, who will benefit our knowledge economy and in turn our sector.
Ms Burton added: “While we welcome the fact that the Government has today demonstrated a prioritisation of Tier 2 migrants over those entering without a firm job offer under Tier 1, we urge the Government to exercise caution in their continued drive towards reducing migration levels. Any reduction target should not be met to the detriment of the UK’s competitiveness as a global centre of excellence for business and technology, and further cuts to the number of highly skilled migrants entering the UK would be very damaging.”