EEA WORKERS IN THE UK - CALL FOR EVIDENCE

The Government has commissioned the Migration Advisory Committee ( MAC )  to advise on the economic and social impact of the UK's exit from the EU and also on how the UK's immigration system should be modernised forecasting likely future demands and strategies.

The MAC has been specifically asked to look at current patterns of EU migration in respect of

a) sectors, regional distribution, skill levels, duration of assignments, self employment, part time, agency, temporary and seasonal workers and any other relevant sectors, dating from 2000 to present and to address future trends.

b)  the methods of recruitment used by UK Employers to employ EU nationals addressing the likely impact on the resident labour market ( ie : UK nationals ) .

c) the economic and social costs and benefits require to be considered in light of the impact on public services and infrastructure.

d) is it possible to estimate the potential impact of any future reductions in EU migration at a range of levels and how may these be felt differently across the economy and society - how could businesses adjust if EU net migration was substantially reduced , what mitigating actions could be taken by employers and government and over what timescales.

In the task of aligning the UK Immigration system with a modern industrial strategy, the remit is

a) what is the current impact of immigration both EU and non EU on the competitiveness of UK industry , including on productivity, innovation and labour market flexibility

b) what impact does immigration have on skills and training

c) is there any evidence that the free availability of unskilled labour has contributed to the UK's relatively low rate of investment in certain sectors

c) are there advantages to focusing migrant labour on highly skilled jobs or across the entire skills spectrum

d) does the shortage occupation list require to be amended in include skills shortage at lower skills levels than NQF6.

see consultation description in full and briefing note here.

The actual call for Evidence can be found here

The MAC Call for evidence seeks theviews and evidence from relevant & interested parties eg: businesses, employers, recruiters, trade Unions, academics, think tanks, representative bodies, government departments etc . Responses are requested by the 27th October 2017. All responses should be evidence based providing supporting data and evidence in support of the submissions but the responses will be published and therefore careful consideration should be given to the evidence submittedbefore publication.