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Government `foolish’ to pretend they can improve things with arbitrary cap: Johnson

Alan Johnson lashed out at immigration cap

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27th August 2010: Shadow home secretary Alan Johnson has lashed out at the government for its move to bring about immigration cap.

Johnson said the government’s recently announced ‘cap’ would affect less than a third of 1 per cent of those coming to “our shores.

The assertion comes as the Government is gearing up to implement the cap on the number of immigrants. As of now, the government is insisting highly-paid professionals would not be affected by the ceiling.

Johnson insisted the points-based system “works” and the government “is foolish to pretend they can improve its effectiveness with an arbitrary cap."

The Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development also believes the sharp decline in the number of work-related visas showed the points-based system was "robust and working".

A further cap on net immigration would only leave many employers facing significant skills gap.

Already, voices can be heard loud and clear against the cap. The UK employers have joined forces against immigration cap, and even the law firms are with them. They are insisting it will prevent the City from flourishing.

The development is significant as the business lobby is building up its case in favour of having doors open for high-flyer staff, and is confident of winning, even as the government is carrying on with consultation on the issue.

The intense petitioning against the immigration cap is expected to show results soon. Following an unrelenting crusade from the CBI and other employer groups for Britain to keep the doors open to skilled overseas workers, the lobbying by anti-immigration groups may eventually see mediocre results.

The Law Society too has moved in claiming “legal work” will shift if outstanding workforce from other countries reaches Heathrow, only to be told they need to take a u turn.

The Labour Market Outlook report also says employers prefer migrants over the British workers to fill jobs, as they believe the standards are declining fast among graduates and school leavers.

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