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Remove the Immigration Skill Charge for jobs on the Shortage Occupation list

Submitted by Cyril Roy on Wednesday 10th November 2021

Published on Monday 22nd November 2021

Current status: Open

Open until: Sunday 22nd May 2022

Current Signatures: 18
(count is updated approximately hourly)

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Covid ~ Covid-19 ~ Flawed ~ Government ~ Immigration ~ list ~ month ~ NHS ~ Pounds ~ Remove ~ SIX MONTHS ~ Social care ~ Staff ~ The Government ~ Thousands

Petition Action

Remove the Immigration Skill Charge for jobs on the Shortage Occupation list

Petition Details

The Government should remove the Immigration Skill Charge for employers who sponsor jobs on the Shortage Occupation list. This is particular important for jobs in the health and social care sectors.

Additional Information

It can cost thousands of pounds to recruit an overseas worker to a job on the Shortage Occupation list, and a significant proportion of these costs are the Immigration Skill Charge. NHS or other employers have to pay £1,000 for the first 12 months of employment, and £500 for every further six months. We believe the rationale behind charging such a heavy cost for filling the most required staff is flawed, especially in this period of Covid 19 where there is a shortfall in healthcare workers.

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