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Immigration system should allow for key construction workers of all skill levels

Immigration system should allow for key construction workers of all skill levels

29 February 2020 Email this article

Commenting on today’s announcement from the Home Office regarding the UK's new points-based immigration system, Chief Executive of the Federation of Master Builders (FMB), Brian Berry, said:

"If we are to have an infrastructure revolution and build a million new homes over the next five years, we will need to have an immigration system that allows for key construction workers of all skill levels to come to the UK. Today’s announcement that there will no longer be a route for “low skill” workers after next year will hamper the construction industry’s capacity to deliver on key projects."

He added:

"We will need general labourers as much as architects or surveyors. They are a core part of the construction industry and it’s simply unrealistic to assume the domestic workforce will fill this gap in the next nine months.”