A new CBI report is based on direct evidence from roundtables and surveys of business leaders, as well as leading trade associations representing 129,000 members between them.
From agriculture to tech, it outlines why overseas workers matter for 18 sectors across the UK economy. It presents five main findings and 17 specific policy recommendations applicable to all sectors.
The CBI study is clear that ensuring EU workers are not subject to the same burdensome rules as existing non-EU workers is vital. Also migration should be put on the table in trade negotiations, first with the EU and then other countries around the world in future. As the UK leaves the EU it must remain open to talent from around the globe.
Business recognise free movement of people will not continue as before and want to help develop a new immigration system. One that is sufficiently open to support our economy and has controls to restore public confidence.