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Government ban on non-EEA takeaway chefs

14 March 2011 #Employment

Migrants from outside the European Economic Area will no longer be able to come to the UK to work as chefs in takeaways from April this year.

The ruling comes in as a one of a number of restrictions following a report from the Governments Migration Advisory Committee (MAC) which will see a further reduction of the UK skilled jobs shortgage list by the removal of 8 further occupations, including electricity site supervisors, skilled meat boners and trimmers, skilled sheap shearers and skilled senior care workers.

The package will lead to a reduction in the number of jobs available to non-EEA skilled migrants from 500,000 to 230,000.  This is a stark reduction from the 1 million jobs available at the time of the MAC`s first report in 2008. 

Apparently the Government wants to reduce this to just tens of thousands by 2015.

Buddy wonders whether there will be any backlash from these decisions - when the Labour government tried to reduce migrant skilled chefs in 2008 it provoked a demonstration in Trafalgar Square!  It is also a concern that the recommendations include skilled senior care workers despite representations from care homes that they are struggling to fill posts from within Britain and the EEA.

Employers hoping to sponsor migrants from outside the EEA are advised to keep abreast of the changes and to refer to the UKBA for the latest information...and to move quickly before the opportunities disappear completely!

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