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UK — Government to take 250,000 jobs off shortage occupation list

13 November 2009

The Shortage Occupation List, which defines those jobs which are in high demand and short supply and are therefore open to foreign nationals from outside the European Union, will be reduced by 250,000 jobs in skilled engineering, care and catering, The Guardian reports.

In his speech on immigration yesterday, Prime Minister Gordon Brown (Labour), said that "these sectors will be taken off the official list as soon as employers and training boards can provide sufficient qualified recruits."

The Prime Minister also promised to clamp down on widespread abuse of the student visa system and to block overseas students [from outside the EU] from working part-time in temporary jobs that could be filled by young Britons.

The Prime Minister said further "as growth returns I want to see rising levels of skills, wages and employment among those resident here rather than employers having to resort to recruiting people from abroad."

Shadow Home Secretary, Chris Grayling (Conservative), said "this is the Government that tried to cover up a deliberate policy of increasing immigration and the prime minister's comments show that he has no idea about how to deal with the whole question of immigration now."

The Liberal Democrats' Chris Huhne said "Brown is trying to shut the stable door long after the horse has bolted. The government's mismanagement of the immigration system has long ago undermined the country's liberal attitude to the issue."



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