Government to provide `high standard’ advice
12 November 2009: The Government has made clear its intentions of retaining the Office of the Immigration Services Commissioner (OISC).
The Home Office said this was to ensure advice given to individuals seeking to remain in the United Kingdom was of a high standard. A range of measures is also being considered to allow for greater levels of intervention such as the power to deregister businesses, the power of inspection and the ability to serve improvement and probation notices.
The government also announced following the publication of the Migration Advisory Committee’s (MAC) shortage occupation list on 21 October, it was accepting in full the recommended list.
Fewer than 500,000 people, less than two per cent of employees, work in occupations and jobs on the recommended shortage list. This has been reduced from a corresponding figure of 700,000 a year ago.
Border and Immigration Minister Phil Woolas said: ‘The Migration Advisory Committee’s shortage occupation list is a powerful tool in making the points based system work for Britain’s economic benefit.
‘The MAC can respond quickly to changing economic needs, making sure we only get the foreign workers we need.’