Changes to immigration rules after Brexit will be a significant shift for employers. The status quo cannot continue. A fresh approach to immigration will help deliver national goals that benefit everyone. From building homes to delivering affordable healthcare - overseas workers are vital.
We’re calling for a new approach to immigration: one that is open to support our economy, but with new controls to build public trust and confidence. Politicians must start to have an honest and transparent conversation about immigration - and the government must take immediate action.
Deliver a post-Brexit immigration system that both meets the economy’s needs and restores public confidence
Scrap the net migration target to reduce levels to ‘tens of thousands’
Put migration on the table in trade agreements around the world
From waiters supporting Cornwall’s hospitality industry, to advertisers sharing global perspectives in London, to welders in the oil and gas industry in Aberdeen – international workers from all skill levels underpin businesses right across the UK.
Not only do workers from abroad help to fill skills gaps and labour shortages, they bring fresh ideas, drive innovation and make the UK an attractive destination for global investment.
However, the current government’s approach to immigration risks all this. Taking another look at immigration policy is the perfect opportunity for a fresh approach. Government must listen to business to develop a system that works for both the economy and the public.
"People earning less than £30,000 make a hugely valuable contribution to our economy and society, from lab technicians to people in the food industry. So our offer to government is to work with us. We understand the challenge of building public trust, but we think there are much better answers."Carolyn Fairbairn, Director-General, CBI
People from all over the world help to staff vital industries, boost productivity and add to our diversity of thought. There is significant evidence to support their influence on our workforce and economy.
seasonal workers a year are needed to plant, pick and pack over 9 million tonnes of fruit, vegetable and flower crops in Britain
EU nationals make up 11% of the manufacturing workforce on average
An 80% fall in long-term workers from the EU/EEA would reduce GDP per capita and cost £4 billion by 2025.
Immigration isn’t just about quarterly net migration statistics. It is about people. People who are having a positive impact for firms of all sizes, across sectors, right around the UK. Find out about how businesses in your region are concerned about the government’s proposals for a new system after Brexit.
The CBI campaigns tirelessly on behalf of our members so that business can access the labour and skills from overseas they need to thrive. Learn more about the work we do and the impact we are making on immigration policy.
A new approach to managed migration is required
Business priorities for a new migration system
CBI gathers evidence on EU immigration
CBI submission to the Migration Advisory Committee
The UK needs a controlled but open immigration system
Open and controlled: a new approach to immigration after Brexit
The impact of free movement on EEA migration
All together better
Government is 'listening but not hearing' on immigration
CBI responds to Immigration White Paper
CBI view of the Immigration White Paper
Government confirms ongoing access to EU talent without bureaucracy
£30,000 immigration salary threshold won't work for the regions
The Migration Advisory Committee (MAC) is seeking business views on salary thresholds and points-based systems
CBI attend the APPG for International Students
Government listens on international student visa reforms
Business welcomes clarity over immigration arrangements in no deal
Business unites on future immigration system
MAC report on salary thresholds and points-based system
Government announces the new immigration system design
New immigration system includes key elements of CBI campaigning efforts
Government releases new information about the UK's future immigration system
The CBI launches its Invest for Growth campaign to increase UK R&D spend to 3%, with its Now is the Time to Innovate – Road to 3% report
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This campaign is led by the CBI's People & Skills team.
Contact Matthew Percival, Director of People and Skills to find out about the change UK business urgently needs and how you can support it.