03 March 2008

Engineering firms confident despite UK immigration rule changes

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Engineering firms in the UK believe that the changes to the UK immigration rules will not damage the industry. The government launched its new points-based system on Friday and firms have said that it will not affect them as they will still be able to recruit skilled workers through UK immigration.

Robin Davison, managing director at Wolviston Gorup, told the Evening Gazette: "We take on overseas staff who are already highly skilled and we register them with the Home Office and pay them union rates." Malcolm Potter of Tees Valley Engineering Partnership, added: "The extra paperwork may be a burden to some businesses but I don't believe the changes will have a significant impact on the local engineering industry."

In the new UK immigration system, the government is hoping only the people with the necessary skills will move to Britain. The system, which is only in its first stage, has been described as "fair but firm".

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