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UK: Latest Immigration White Paper on Engineering Industry

May 2019, 29
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UK Immigration
If Brexit was set entirely, workers seeming to move in and out of the UK would find the free movement ending to be a significant hindrance, while companies would fight to fill openings in the engineering industry without the possibility to pool low-skilled labor from overseas.

Moreover, it is regarding that even without the limitations that Brexit will bring engineering positions which previously account for above 50% of the jobs that are on the Shortage Professions List of the UK. These cover process engineers, chemical engineers, and process safety engineers indicating the Government previously confirmed that the UK requires more engineers so that they can successfully achieve projects that are already in progress, and has not lifted the limitations that make it immensely challenging for businesses to hire talent from overseas.

Skill-based Strategy and Current Skill Shortage

The ‘skills-based’ strategy put forward in the Government White Paper that will be replaced into the visa system is recognized by several engineering leaders as a dangerous threat to the sector. It is due to the shortage of gaps in the industry of engineering, along with the sectors of process and chemical engineering, this approach will increase more fear.

For example, a 2018 Engineering UK report carried out recognized that the UK meets a possible shortfall of 22,000 engineers of graduate-level that are required to join the workforce each year. Also, there are around 124,000 roles which need engineering core skills. In addition, Engineering UK predicts that the yearly shortages are within 83,000 and 110,000 possible workers.

UK Tier 2 Visa

In the post-Brexit atmosphere, further European process and chemical engineers invited to the UK job market will have no option but to go down the path of Tier 2 Visa. However, to qualify for this, possible employers will require to fill an application of Sponsor Licence to hire people while the employee must receive a minimum salary of £30,000 (US$38,000) to obtain a UK work visa successfully. 

Presently, to appeal for a UK Tier 2 work visa, you will require to satisfy the 70-point demand by having:

  • 50 points for an employment offer and a Sponsorship Certificate from the firm looking to employ you;
  • 10 points for English language proficiency: and
  • 10 points for sufficient maintenance funds – the maintenance amount required may alter if you are appealing with dependents.

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