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Parliamentary briefing: Immigration Bill 2015 – Second Reading

Briefing front coverThe Immigration Bill 2015–16 is due to be debated in its 'second reading' debate on 13 October 2015.

The bill would allow for the introduction of an 'immigration skills charge' for employers recruiting from outside the EU, proceeds of which will support apprenticeships in the UK. 

Skills shortages are often accompanied by shortages in those able to educate and train in the same area. It would undermine the intention of the charge if education institutions were less able to recruit the staff which will help to fill these gaps. 

This briefing requests that parliamentarians ask the minister whether there are plans to exempt from the charge those recruiting from overseas to posts which are significantly concerned with education and skills training.

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