New UK Border Agency controls

The government has announced new measures which should enable resident workers to have every opportunity to fill vacancies before they are offered to workers abroad.

The government has accepted the recommendations made last month by the Migration Advisory Committee to tighten the rules controlling when skilled workers are allowed to apply for jobs in the United Kingdom under the government's points-based system. The changes to the rules will mean that, from next year, all jobs must be advertised to British workers in Jobcentre Plus for four weeks (extended from two weeks) before employers can employ individuals from outside Europe. Other changes include increasing the length of service requirements for overseas workers who want to transfer to the UK and increasing the minimum salary level for a post to qualify as skilled to £20,000 (currently £17,000). For more details of the changes visit the related internet link.