Commenting on the immigration proposals announced by Home Secretary Amber Rudd at the Conservative Party conference, Adam Marshall, Acting Director General of the British Chambers of Commerce (BCC), said:
“While it is understandable that the government is looking at ways to control migration in the aftermath of the EU referendum, a further squeeze on key business hires and international students would be bad news for the economy, job creation and business investment.
On the proposals for additional restrictions to Tier 2 workers, Adam Marshall added:
“Now is not the time to tell businesses that they have to jump through more hoops to get the talent they need from around the world. Many companies already have a hard time bringing in critical workers when they can’t find the right skills at home in the UK, and tighter regulations may simply leave many choosing not to recruit or expand at this time.”
On the proposals for entry rules for students, Adam Marshall said:
“Our universities are both anchors of local business communities and important exporters in their own right. Restricting universities’ ability to sell their services around the world would be seen by many business communities across the UK as an act of economic vandalism.”