September 25, 2022, 2:05 p.m.
Liz Truss is pushing to boost immigration to ease worker shortages.
It would aim to reform the visa system and raise the ceiling for seasonal agricultural workers, as well as update the list of shortage occupations, in order to stimulate the recruitment of foreign talent.
But she could face challenges from her new home secretary, Suella Braverman, and her trade secretary, Kemi Badenoch – with a senior government source saying Brexit voters want to see migration under control.
The Times reports that Ms Truss has spoken of wanting to recruit broadband engineers from overseas so they can help fulfill a government promise to ensure 85% of homes have access to full fiber broadband.
She could also ease requirements for English speakers in certain sectors to boost recruitment, and ministers discussed proposals for a new visa that would allow workers from one of the world’s top 50 or 100 universities to move to the Kingdom. -United.
Kwasi Kwarteng, the Chancellor, said on Friday a new plan would be unveiled within weeks that would maintain control over migration but allow for economic growth.
A senior government source said: “There is a view within the Treasury that migration is good for growth.
“It’s a view that seems to be shared by the Prime Minister and the Chancellor. We can’t tear up our immigration rules. The people who voted for Brexit want to see controlled migration.”
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Any move to change migration rules could lead to an increase in the number of foreign workers in some sectors, but a decrease in others.
A senior Whitehall source said: “Businesses have been frustrated that the visa system, particularly skilled labour, has not been responsive enough to the specific shortages they have faced. For example, the list of Shortage Occupations part of the Skilled Worker Visa has not been updated.”
It follows Friday’s mini-budget, which drew criticism that it was too beneficial for the wealthy and cut government revenue too much.
The government says it will promote growth.
The main measures announced on Friday:
• Income tax: the basic rate will be reduced from 1 pence to 19 pence and the rate of 45 pence for high earners will be abolished from April 2023
• Stamp duty: the stamp duty payment threshold has been doubled to £250,000 – and for first-time buyers it has been raised to £425,000
• Corporation tax: the planned increase from 19% to 25% is eliminated
• National Insurance: 1.25% increase removed from 6 November
• Banker bonuses: cap removed
• Alcohol tax: increase planned for beer, cider, wine and spirits, canceled and coming into force in February 2023