City groups have slammed the post-Brexit immigration plan of the Conservative Party. IT said that dismissing low-skilled workers would negatively affect businesses and the economy of the United Kingdom.
Sajid Javid, the Home Secretary, revealed a new policy that will prioritise highly-skilled workers and end the freedom of movement within the European Union.
Business groups said that various sectors, which includes construction and retail heavily relied on the so-called “low-skilled workers” and also urged that the net migration target of the government be dropped.
Carolyn Fairbairn, the director general of the CBI, stated: “Freedom of movement is ending and firms understand that.”
She added: “But the Prime Minister’s proposals for a new system have taken a wrong turn by dismissing the importance of low skilled workers to the UK economy, the government risks harming businesses and living standards now and in the future.”
Prime Minister Theresa May vowed that as an outcome, low-skilled migration would decline when the United Kingdom leaves the EU.
The new system is based on recommendations from the Migration Advisory Committee (Mac). It would strive to bring the net migration down to under 100,000 – a target that the government set years ago but is still trying to meet.
The Institute of Directors said that the net migration target of the UK Government was “counterproductive.” It also urged. for a more balanced policy.
Stephen Martin, the Director General of the IoD, stated: “The division between high and low-skilled misses an important point.”
He added: “Sectors like agriculture, retail, hospitality and construction rely heavily on so-called ‘low-skilled’ workers, in part because domestic workers want to work in other sectors, and in part because unemployment is at a record low.”
Martin continued: “The UK needs a balanced migration policy which takes account of skills at all levels, a single-minded focus on reducing numbers would be cutting off our nose to spite our face.”
Adam Marshall, the director general of the British Chambers of Commerce, said that businesses would have “mixed views” on the proposals. It also said that it was a “golden opportunity” to drop the migration targets.