Findings come in advance of announcement on new permanent limit 28th October 2010: A study published by the UK Border Agency has only confirmed that the services of the professionals coming to the UK are not being utilized to the optimum, and they eventually land up doing menial work.
The report’s findings come in advance of the government’s announcement on the new permanent annual limit arrangements, including who will be included in the limit and at what level it will be set.
The Foreignersinuk was the first one to report on 25th October 2010 that their services of skilled migrants are not being utilized to the optimum; and doctors, scientists and even entrepreneurs are working as shop assistants, security guards, and even supermarket cashiers.
The study published by the UKBA now looks at the jobs being done by migrants in the UK under Tier 1 of the points-based system.
Tier 1 is for highly skilled workers, investors and entrepreneurs. The study reveals around a third of the 1,184 people sampled are being employed in lower-skilled jobs such as shop assistants and supermarket cashiers.
Immigration Minister Damian Green 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.’
Tier 1 visas are issued to applicants who meet the correct criteria. Factors such as qualifications, previous earnings and age are taken into account.
Unlike those who come into the UK under Tier 2 of the points-based system, Tier 1 migrants do not need a job offer before they arrive in the UK.
The assertion comes at a time, when analysis of latest statistics apparently shows Britons to be blamed for their own unemployment.
The figures show there were 26.530million Britons in jobs, approximately 650,000 down from the peak in summer 2008.
The statistics, drawn from the Labour Force Survey, clearly indicate that the jobs are widely available; and the Eastern Europeans are merely taking jobs that local workers are unwilling to do.
One of the possible reasons for this is that unemployed Britons consider some of the jobs as too low paid or too demanding.
The government, by intensifying its efforts to convince the Britons that jobs are preferable to a life of benefits dependency, indirectly acknowledges the fact that work is available. It’s not the lack of job opportunities, but only unwilling locals that are a cause of concern.
The statistics take the weight out of the government’s arguments in favour of a cap on the number of immigrants. The government has all along been saying lack of British jobs for Britons is one of the prime reasons behind the move to impose a cap. It is now clear the root of the problem is not foreign workers, but the attitude of the local workers