Access to Talent: The Future of Skill-Based Migration to the UK | IPT
Speaker: Woz Ahmed, Chief Strategy Officer & Chief of Staff, Imagination Technologies
Speaker: Professor Tomasz Mickiewicz, Head of Economics and Strategy Group, Aston Business School
Dinner Discussion


Monday 15 June 2020


House of Commons

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In 2018, people born outside the UK made up an estimated 14% of the population, with an estimated 39% of this figure coming from EU countries. 45% of those EU migrants said they had moved for work reasons. The Government has now confirmed a new skills-based work migration system will come into force after the end of the Brexit transition period. The points-based system will require applicants to reach 70 points to be able to work in the UK. Points will be awarded based on qualifications, salary on offer, ability to speak English and whether the relevant sector is suffering from staff shortages. The salary threshold will be lowered to £25,600 and those earning less than the threshold could still apply for visas if they have a job in a specific shortage occupation or relevant PhD qualification. As the UK transitions out of the European Union, what impact will the new immigration regime have?

This dinner discussion will:

  • Discuss what constitutes an occupational shortage
  • Consider the role of temporary and permanent visas, including specific exemption schemes such as those for seasonal workers
  • Examine how to ensure the system can be efficient and responsive to shortages.