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Immigration Skills Charge a threat to jobs

June 5, 2017 11:28 AM

Cost of hiring skilled non-EU workers to double under Conservative plans

The Conservative manifesto has included a manifesto commitment to increase the Immigration Skills Charge, a levy imposed on organisations who employ skilled non-EU workers from £1,000 to £2,000 per year per employee by the end of the parliament.

Commenting, Liberal Democrat Shadow Chancellor Vince Cable said:

"The Brexiteers, many members of whom are now in the Cabinet, told us that leaving the EU would mean we could be more generous to our Commonwealth partners, it is now clear that this was another leave lie.

"The consequences of this policy to businesses, including the multi-billion pound restaurant industry, who were already struggling to make ends meet due to strict regulation and charges is another example of why the Conservatives have buried any claim to be the party of business.

"You don't have to accept Theresa May and Nigel Farage's extreme version of Brexit. A vote for the Liberal Democrats is a vote for a more prosperous, brighter future."

Liberal Democrat Parliamentary Candidate for Ipswich Adrian Hyyrylainen-Trett said, "the Ipswich area is fortunate to have many companies that require skilled workers. Many are based at or started life at Adastral Park. The University of Suffolk is playing a major part too and both local and foreign students go on to provide the skilled workforce the area needs, whether that be essential EU workers in our NHS, or working in new Tech and Research companies. The jobs of people in Ipswich are at risk if the Conservatives manifesto policy is implemented."


Research by the law firm Kingsley Napley calculated that the total cost for a UK company of bringing in a non-EU worker had already risen from £2,151 to £7,174, after the introduction on April 6 of a £1,000 a year migrant skills charge. They then calculated that the total would rise to £14,174 under the new proposals as the skills fee is doubled.

Adrian outside University of Suffolk