UK’s Truss to review visa regimes to ease labor shortages – FT


:British Prime Minister Liz Truss is set to launch a major review of the country’s visa system in a bid to tackle acute labor shortages in key industries, the Financial Times reported on Sunday.

The Prime Minister is set to defy some of his anti-immigration cabinet colleagues by making changes to the ‘shortage professions list’, allowing some industries to bring in more staff – like broadband engineers – from overseas, the newspaper said.

The review could also approve a relaxation of the requirement to speak English in certain sectors to allow more foreign workers to enter the country, according to the report, citing a Downing Street official.

Asked about the idea that immigration rules could be relaxed, UK Finance Minister Kwasi Kwarteng told the BBC on Sunday: “It’s not about relaxing the rules. The whole point of the debate on Brexit if we want to go there is that we have to control immigration in a way that works for the UK.”

Asked if other professions would be added to the list of those likely to enter, Kwarteng said the Home Secretary would give an update in the coming weeks as he had reported. Friday.

“The Home Secretary will make a statement in the next few weeks. But we have to grow this economy,” Kwarteng said.

Truss, who took office earlier this month but after the death of Queen Elizabeth has had few opportunities to flesh out his vision for the country, said during a trip to New York the week last that she was ready to make unpopular decisions as the government seeks to stimulate economic growth.

The Financial Times in its report also said that the British government was about to lift the cap on foreign seasonal workers working in agriculture.

Truss’ office did not immediately respond to Reuters’ request for comment.

(Reporting by Anirudh Saligrama and Jaiveer Singh Shekhawat in Bengaluru and Alistair Smout in London; Editing by David Clarke and Susan Fenton)

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