Highly-skilled migrants in UK ending up ‘in fast food restaurant jobs’

November 6th, 2010 - 2:46 pm ICT by ANI  

David Cameron London, Nov 6 (ANI): British Home Secretary Theresa May has said that too many highly-skilled migrants end up working in low-level jobs and “high street fried chicken restaurants.”

Speaking on immigration, May tried to reassure businesses that it was possible to cut the number of people coming to the UK while still attracting the “brightest and the best” workers.

She said she had listened to feedback from firms and “tier two” migrants - highly-skilled people who already have a job offer - should be a priority, and added that those without a job offer often end up in jobs that would not be considered highly-skilled, Sky News reports.

The Home Secretary’s comments have come after Prime Minister David Cameron suggested that transfers within companies would be exempt from the cap on the number of migrants.

He was responding to Business Secretary Vince Cable’s concerns that the limit could do “huge damage” to British firms and may prompt some to move abroad, the report said.

May further stated that the permanent cap, which comes into effect next April, would be reassessed every year to take the job market and the pressure on public services into account.

Arguing that it has been too easy for migrants on short-term visas to stay permanently,

she stated that the Government would close “immigration loopholes” which allowed “unchecked permanent migration through the back door.” (ANI)

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