Carolyn Fairbairn, the Director-General of the Confederation of British Industry (CBI) has warned that Scotland’s economy could suffer after Brexit and will call for plans to ditch the £30,000 salary threshold introduced for migrants among other things.
Ms. Fairbairn already has plans to address top business figures in the country today at a CBI lunch to be held in Glasgow. Scotland relies on immigration to feed its population for the needed workforce for its future economy. But with Brexit coming, there are fears for an impending hardline crackdown.
According to Ms. Fairbairn, the new immigration approach for workers must be put into consideration, Scotland’s challenge with its demographics.
She believes that because only 20% of Scotland’s population will be of working age in 20 years’ time, it will tell deeply on its public services and tax base.
Sixty percent of Scottish businesses hope to employ high-skilled workers in the future, but about two-thirds of its populace fear that there won’t be enough people to fill the jobs.
The immigration crackdown will shake the country’s productivity
There are already talks with the Home Office regarding the proposed changes. Ms. Fairbairn strongly believes that the proposal for a £30,000 salary threshold will not impact the economy positively and should, therefore, be dropped, together with the 12-month temporary visa which she thinks has high potentials of destroying integration and productivity in the country.
Fairbairn believes that the immigration system should be accessible and affordable to applicants, but especially to SMEs.
The CBI boss intends to put pressure on Labour and the UK government to come to a deal on Brexit. With her background in business, she believes that firms in the UK need a timetable to work with. By having an idea about timing and process for Brexit, they’d better be able to plan, prepare, and invest.
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