New anti-migrant policies have been announced by British Prime Minister Theresa May which is going to make it harder for Australians working in the United Kingdom to find and keep jobs. On top of that they will be charged more to access the National Health Service. Not good news when Australians are heading to the U.K in record numbers.
Mrs May, launched her party manifesto in Yorkshire on Thursday the 18th May and said the country had a chance to build the kind of country based on not where you come from but where you going to making it a great meritocracy.
Mrs May is aiming to drastically cut migration by deterring newcomers to the United Kingdom by:
1: Doubling up on the immigration skill charges for companies employing migrant workers to almost $3500 a year and utilising this revenue to train UK workers.
2: Toughening of visa requirements for students which requires them to leave the country once their courses have come to an end unless they are able to meet higher requirements.
3: Increasing the earnings threshold for people wishing to sponsor migrants for family visas.
Mrs May states it is the right thing to do in bringing the migration levels to tens of thousands rather than hundreds of thousands which has kept down wages and pressurised public services.
Record numbers of Australians have headed over to the UK seeking work in the last year. There are more Australian and New Zealand-born workers in the UK labour force than at any time in the last 20 years.
In the first quarter of 2017 alone there were 157,000 Australian and New Zealand-born workers in the UK labour market. This was 31,000 more than at the same time in 2016, and beat the previous record of 150,000 in the first quarter of 2005. It is the highest number since the ONS data series began in 1997, when the figure was 78,000.