CGi uneasy over immigration and licences following UK election

The Confederation of Guernsey Industry is voicing concerns that the general election in the UK next month could have a detrimental impact on the availability of overseas labour which can come to the Island to work.

This follows pledges made by both Conservative and Labour parties in their manifestos to introduce a cap on legal migration into Britain which could potentially halve the numbers each year. Measures proposed include banning employers from recruiting overseas, increasing visa fees, training more UK workers and removing the ability of staff to bring dependents into the country on their visas.

As the Bailiwick’s own immigration policy is closely tied to the UK Home Office post-Brexit, the CGi feels that such proposals, irrespective of which party enters power, could further damage a local economy that is desperately short of staff.

A CGi spokesperson said: ‘It is well documented that the Island needs more workers, both skilled and unskilled, to fill essential roles, so the news from the UK is of great concern as it could further reduce the pool of labour available to local firms.

‘We understand the challenges faced by Home Affairs and Population Management in supporting local industry, of Brexit, the Common Travel Area and the limitations of the existing law. The Population Management team is working hard to engage with CGi members and other companies regarding the recruitment and retention of key staff so we will be bringing this latest issue to our forthcoming meeting with Home Affairs in July.’

The CGi is committed to maintaining a regular dialogue with government and supporting member firms.

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