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Approx 40,000 non-EU migrants to get work permits next year

Number to be down from about 50,000 currently


22nd November 2010: Less than a month after it emerged that doctors, scientists and even entrepreneurs are working as shop assistants, security guards, and even supermarket cashiers, the government is all set to make the rules stricter.

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In fact, the government is considering that the highly-skilled workers will have to come to a job paying at least £40,000 a year.

The government considers the move will go a long way in ending the abuse which has seen 30 per cent of the highly-skilled workers doing unskilled work.

The Ministers are also expected to announce that about 40,000 non-EU migrants will be given work permits next year, down from about 50,000 currently.

A study published by the UK Border Agency had only recently confirmed that the services of the professionals coming to the UK were not being utilized to the optimum, and they eventually landed up doing menial work.

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It revealed that the services of skilled migrants were not being utilized to the optimum. Around a third of the 1,184 people sampled were being employed in lower-skilled jobs such as shop assistants and supermarket cashiers.

Immigration Minister Damian Green had in October 2010 said: ‘While it is important that low-skilled jobs are filled, there are hundreds of thousands of British people who could be doing them instead of a migrant.

‘Those coming into the UK under the highly skilled migrant route should only be able to do highly skilled jobs – it should not be used as a means to enter the low-skilled jobs market.

‘Investors and entrepreneurs aside, this report questions the value of this route into the UK, and the findings will play a key part in discussions on how the annual limit will be shaped.’

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