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Could regional visas close the post-Brexit “skill gap” that UK companies fear?

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Voltaire may have said, “Judge a man by his questions rather than by his answers,” but UK politicians and business leaders want answers regarding Brexit’s impact on the local economy. A regional visa scheme could calm the concerns of business leaders who fear that they won’t be able to hire the talent they need. In a report commissioned by the City of London, professional services network PwC explains and explores the ins and outs of two potential schemes that could benefit those UK regions and sectors that depend on foreign workers. getAbstract recommends this analysis primarily to UK business leaders and policy makers.

In this summary, you will learn

  • How a regional visa scheme could help close the UK’s skills gap
  • How such a scheme would operate
  • When authorities would issue short-term versus long-term visas
 

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The UK, business leaders say, suffers from a skills deficit, notably within the low-skilled labor workforce. Although the UK plans to ramp up apprenticeships to address this shortage, once the UK leaves the EU, filling that gap will be more difficult. Employers will continue to depend on non-UK workers. A regional visa scheme, similar to ones Australia and Canada employ, would allow employers to hire foreigners for those jobs that they can’t fill with UK workers. These permits would be regionally limited and reserved for specific skills. Permitting companies to hire from outside the UK based on local needs would ensure that companies and regions remain competitive. It could boost the UK’s economy and aid migrants’ integration.

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PwC is an international network of firms working with organizations and individuals on audit and assurance, tax, and consulting services. The company operates in 157 countries around the globe.


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