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UK — Indian IT workers come in their droves

07 December 2009

A Freedom of Information (FOI) request submitted by the Association of Professional Staffing Companies (Apsco) reveals that 7 out of the top 10 companies importing non-EU IT workers are Indian, the Financial Times reports.

Tata Consulting Services was the biggest user of so-called intra-company transfers with 4,465 of its staff coming into the UK last year, followed by Infosys with 3,030 and Wipro with 2,350 staff respectively.

Ann Swain, Chief Executive of Apsco, said "there is no requirement for companies to tap the UK labour market before transferring workers from overseas. This is a major loophole that the government has failed to close."

Immigration Minister Phil Woolas said "intra-company transfers are an important part of making the UK an attractive place in which to do business and therefore keep industry and the economy moving. Anyone coming to the country must be paid a UK equivalent salary and the Border Agency would take action against any employer shown to be undercutting local wages."



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