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Migration - More occupations open

Many more jobs now don’t need to be advertised in Britain. Photo 1000 Words/shutterstock.com

The government’s Migration Advisory Committee is ploughing on with plans to denude countries that need their highly skilled workers more than we do rather than train our own here.

Amid a supposed skills shortage, economists on the Committee have called for migration rules to be relaxed for vets, web designers, psychologists and architects from outside Europe. 

The official government advisers want 9 per cent of jobs in the labour market to be covered by the Shortage Occupation List, compared with 1 per cent at present. 

Professions listed for the first time are occupational therapists, speech and language therapists and archaeologists. Some occupations already listed will be extended to cover all roles including medical practitioners, civil engineers, artists (!) and mechanical engineers. 

And in a further kick in the teeth for unemployed workers in Britain, employers will not have to demonstrate that these listed jobs cannot be filled here – and will be able to advertise them exclusively abroad if they wish.

• A longer version of this article is on the web at More jobs to be filled from abroad