21 January 2009

UK to restrict advertising jobs overseas

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In response to rising unemployment levels, the Government is requiring all skilled positions to be advertised on the Jobcentre Plus network before being advertised overseas.

The Home Office has responded to concerns that several organisations are advertising their skilled positions only in trade magazines, and in doing so are preventing the local job market from seeing available jobs.

Home Secretary Jacqui Smith says the new ruling would give local British workers the best opportunity to get the jobs before migrant workers, yet the opposition claim otherwise.  They argue the government would have to reduce the UK immigration quota in order for the new rule to have any effect on the British employment levels.

"When it comes to immigration, in difficult economic times, I believe we need a tough system that offers British workers the first crack of the whip for jobs here," Smith said.

Currently, employers have to advertise a job for a fortnight nationally before hiring an overseas worker, and one week for jobs earning over £40,000, but with the new rule in place nurses, builders, hotel managers and schoolteachers would have a greater chance of getting work on British soil. 

Any companies who breach the new advertising rules will be liable to having their Employer Sponsorship Licence revoked (the licence allows companies to hire non-EU workers under the new system for immigration).

Figures show unemployment figures are approaching 2million and are the highest since the mid-1990s, but that since 1997 immigrants have been taking four out of five new jobs in Britain.

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Article by Jessica Bird, UK Visa Bureau.

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