UK in dilemma over immigration cap on Indian professionals

Prime Minister David Cameron’s government is caught in a dilemma over imposing an immigration cap on professionals from India and other non-European Union countries with several British companies asking ministers to reconsider the issue. British companies rely on foreign professionals for many specialist jobs that are hard to find in Britain and the
European Union, particularly in the IT and finance sectors.

Imposing the cap was one of the major promises of the coalition government. New research reveals that almost one in 10 private sector companies plan to relocate jobs abroad in the next year, because the immigration cap to be imposed from April 2011 will prevent the recruitment of skilled professionals from abroad in the numbers required by British companies. Many companies are also looking to recruit from abroad, with one in six saying they will bring in migrant workers in the third quarter of this year.

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