Britain desperate for foreign ballet dancers, racehorse trainers, and sheep shearers!September 10th, 2008 - 7:11 pm ICT by ANI
London, Sept 10 (ANI): An official list has been released describing the qualities that are welcome and unwelcome in a migrant who has plans to work in Britain.
British officials have also launched an appeal asking foreign ballet dancers, racehorse trainers, and sheep shearers to come and work for them.
But with the welcome for skilled workers comes an unwelcome list, which states that midwives, GPs or computer engineers heading over from outside the EU are not required.
The list, which is a 310-page report from the Government’’s migration advisory committee, was unveiled September 9 by ministers, who are trying to get a grip on record levels of immigration.
Experts on the committee held talks with dozens of different businesses and professional groups to work out where there are shortages of skilled workers.
The reports said we need a vast array of different occupations, ranging from ballet dancers and frozen fish filleters to maths teachers and civil engineers.
Following protests from curry restaurant owners, they will be able to bring in “skilled chefs” from India, Pakistan and Bangladesh. Skilled “work riders” will be allowed in to help train racehorses in Britain.
There is also a need for science teachers, civil and chemical engineers as well as some doctors, such as plastic surgeons.
The list of workers Britain does not need also includes GPs and many hospital doctors, as according to the complaints received, newly qualified British doctors could not find jobs.
Social workers, computer engineers, architects and musicians are also on the “not welcome” list.
Ministers will now study the list and are expected to rubber-stamp most of the recommendations next month.
Advisory committee chairman Professor David Metcalf defended the report.
“Don”t think we are a soft touch. There are rather more jobs which we have excluded from the list than we have included,” the Sun quoted him as saying.
Immigration minister Liam Byrne said the lists, coupled with a new Australian-style points system for migrants, would help control the influx of immigrants.
“The points system means only the migrants with the skills Britain needs can come - and no more,” he said.
But Shadow Home Secretary Dominic Grieve said ministers must impose a cap on the numbers coming to Britain.
“A points-based system without an annual limit is pointless,” he stated. (ANI)
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