Key changes to immigration rules good news for UKWA members
In the first of a series of online ‘Bitesize Briefings’ for UKWA members, the Association’s specialist legal advisor Aaron & Partners confirmed that the Government has made a series of welcome changes to the new immigration rules affecting businesses employing overseas workers.
Significantly for warehouse operators, the previous minimum requirement for RQF Level 6 has been dropped to Level 3 (A level equivalent), in recognition of the need in some sectors for lower skilled workers. Furthermore, the Resident Labour Market Test has been abolished, which means employers no longer have to prove that employment has been offered first to British workers, the six years maximum stay is no longer applicable and the annual quota for immigrant workers has been suspended.
Ikram Malik, specialist immigration solicitor at Aaron’s commented, “These changes are clearly good news for the warehousing industry and other sectors that have historically depended on immigrant workers. This will help with staff shortages, allow companies to employ specialists from overseas and is likely to improve staff retention.