Responding to the Government’s publication of further detail on its new migration system, Edwin Morgan, Director of Policy at the Institute of Directors, said:
“For employers, the real acid test is how this immigration system works on the ground. The commitment to cutting processing times and providing some continuity from the previous system will be welcomed by businesses. Despite this, smaller firms may still struggle to navigate the inevitable administration involved, particularly as they are fighting fires on multiple fronts. It’s crucial Government works at pace with business to ensure the system is ready in time, and simple to use.
“Firms will have some outstanding concerns. The costs involved could still prove obstructive in some cases, particularly for small companies. Some sectors and regions may feel that a more bespoke policy would be of benefit, while the route for seasonal agriculture hasn’t been confirmed. It’s also crucial that the system continues to adapt to the economic circumstances, not least via the Shortage Occupation List.”