The Government must change its approach to immigration

Posted On: 
28th January 2020

The National Federation of Builders welcomes the Migration Advisory Committee's recommendations in its new report and urges the Government to accept them.

Today, the Migration Advisory Committee (MAC) published its report regarding the points-based system and salary thresholds. The committee advised against the adoption of full points-based system and urged the Government to reduce the minimum salary threshold from £30,000 to £25,000.

The committee also recommended that occupations like glaziers, window fabricators and fitters, plasterers, floorers should be added to the list of RQF3+ occupations.

The National Federation of Builders (NFB) welcomes these recommendations as the current proposed system will only serve to create additional barriers, and further worsen the skill shortage.

Richard Beresford, chief executive of the NFB said: “The report released by the Migration Advisory Committee is a step in the right direction. The Government should listen to their recommendations as the current plan would have devastating consequences for many industries, especially construction. Adopting these changes will reduce pressure on the skills crisis and provide more certainty for the sector and capital projects, such as HS2 and the expansion of Heathrow airport.”