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GOVERNMENT COMPROMISE ON MIGRANT WORKERS WELCOMED

[ 16-02-2011 ]

Commenting on the announcement from the UK Immigration Minister that the rules for businesses looking to employ essential talent from outwith the EU are to be relaxed, Liz Cameron, Chief Executive of Scottish Chambers of Commerce, said:

 
“We welcome the fact that the UK Government has responded to our concerns about the restrictive nature of proposed immigration rules by announcing a relaxation for highly skilled, high paid workers and for scientists.  Our member businesses across Scotland need to access the right staff with the right skills at the right time, and where we cannot source this talent domestically, we need to be able to recruit wherever it exists.
 
“It is important that Government listens to business on the question of access to skills and that it responds positively to its needs.  Scotland in particular has a high demand for key skills, particularly in the oil and gas industry and in financial services.  If we are to maintain our high standards of talent, we need access to the very best that the world has to offer.
 
“We will continue to monitor the immigration situation to ensure that there are no unnecessary barriers to placing the right talent in our key industries.”
 

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