The UK’s new points-based immigration system from January 2021 will impact how energy businesses recruit, onboard and retain non-UK workers at all levels of skill and experience.
The topic of immigration has been front page news this week across the UK. In Scotland there have been calls for a 'Scottish visa' and devolution of immigration powers. The UK Government also announced this week that a new global talent visa category will open from 20 February 2020 to encourage scientists, researchers and mathematicians to come to the UK. And yesterday, the Migration Advisory Committee (MAC) reported on its recommendations for the new single skills-based immigration system which will come into effect following the Brexit implementation period. All change then on the immigration front.
Key industries such as oil and gas and higher education will be “challenged” by immigration issues arising from Brexit, according to an Aberdeen academic.
Peter Searle, CEO for workforce solutions for the energy, process and infrastructure provider, Airswift, also believes that uncertainty around Brexit ‘discourages overseas investment’.
The UK Government has extended the immigration right to remain of non-European Economic Area nationals who work in the offshore wind sector.
The oil and gas sector should welcome the pledge to continue attracting the “brightest and best” to the country, according to the chief executive of a global recruitment firm.
Oil major Shell has called for greater levels of immigration to help boost population growth in Australia.