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Economy needs skills from abroad, ministers warned

Thursday, May 30, 2019

Economy needs skills from abroad, ministers warned

Britain is so lacking in architects, web designers and vets that they should be put on a shortage occupation list used to allocate skilled work visas, migration advisers recommended yesterday.

They are part of a 14-fold increase in jobs covered by the list, which is based on responses from recruiters in difficulty finding skilled workers for vacancies.

Employers suggested that new British graduates were not “work ready” while migrants tended to be better qualified and prepared, the Migration Advisory Committee said.

Staff shortages were also banned on poor workforce planning in the health service, poor perceptions of employment in engineering and a lack of women, black and ethnic- minority entrants in technology.

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