On Thursday, a leading employer’s group stated, Britain’s plans to introduce a new system for immigration after Brexit is likely to lead to be complicated and cause a shortage of skilled workers.
According to the results of a survey, more than 70% of 304 businesses surveyed by the Confederation of British Industry said, their biggest threat to their livelihood is reduced access to skilled workers.
More than 50% of these companies felt they would be significantly affected if the country’s immigration policy was not simplified.
Prime Minister Boris Johnson has proposed an Australian-style, points-based system for the selecting process saying people with “exceptional talent” will be fast-tracked into the country.
“It’s clear what’s weighing on businesses minds is uncertainty about the new immigration system,” said CBI policy director Matthew Fell. “Whatever the final shape, it needs to be simple from its first day of introduction.”
According to official data published last month, net migration by EU citizens to Britain dropped to 48,000 in the 12 months to June, the lowest level since 2009.
The survey revealed, 65% of respondents felt Britain’s labor market had become a less attractive for investment and for doing business in the last five years; this is the highest proportion since the survey began 22 years ago.
The CBI conducted its survey between August 27 and October 4 and 304 companies, employing 830,000 people, participated in it.