Law Society believes cap may result in shifting of “legal work” 24th August 2010: A day after a new survey revealed British workers are too poorly educated to rival immigrants for jobs, employers have joined forces to raise a voice against the impending immigration cap.
Expressing concern, the Law Society has asserted that the cap on immigration may eventually result in “legal work” moving elsewhere and damaging London’s competitiveness as a global financial centre.
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.
Already, the Labour Market Outlook report says employers prefer migrants over the British workers to fill jobs, as they believe the standards are declining fast among graduates and school leavers.
In fact, the managers believe British candidates lack skills to match migrants and readiness of Britons for work is getting worse year by year.
A testimony to the growing popularity of the migrant workers is provided by the fact that one in five firms recruited migrant workers this summer. The trend is expected to continue during the autumn.
The study by the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development and accountants KPMG predicts a third of the immigrant staff will be brought in from outside Europe.
It says four out of 10 employers believe literacy among British graduates and school leavers has worsened over the past five years. Less than one in 10 is of the view the basic skills have improved.