In a huge boost for the NHS, the Tories have announced a relaxation to the existing immigration rules surrounding skilled labour, meaning more doctors and nurses will be able to join from outside the EU.
The new Home Secretary, Sajid Javid, will remove doctors and nurses from the annual 20,700 ‘tier 2’ visa limit on non-EU workers.
Sajid Javid to lift immigration controls on foreign doctors and nurses this Friday – by removing both from Tier 2 cap. First big change to Theresa May regime https://t.co/K7jppzLcMu
— steve hawkes (@steve_hawkes) 13 June 2018
Other employers will be able to recruit an extra 8,000 skilled migrants a year, including IT experts, engineers and teachers, effectively raising the cap by 40 per cent.
Mr Javid is expected to announce tomorrow that health workers from outside the EU will be exempt from the ‘tier 2’ visa cap to help the NHS fill staff shortages.
— Robert Jenrick MP (@RobertJenrick) 12 June 2018
Businesses will also be given a higher allocation, according to The Daily Telegraph.
The move marks Mr Javid’s first major intervention on migration policy and a significant softening of the Government’s position on non-EU migration since Theresa May became Home Secretary in 2010.
NHS unions have supported our NHS pay deal meaning over 1,000,000 staff will receive a pay rise. A newly qualified nurse will see their pay rise by over £2,500, whilst staff on the lowest grades will receive a wage increase of more than £2,000 this year. pic.twitter.com/A0xqDr0NBB
— Caroline Dinenage (@cj_dinenage) 11 June 2018