Situation in the UK today:
in terms of the UK business community normally means employing
people under the work permit scheme, or employing people who
have come to the UK under the Highly Skilled Migrant Programme.
These individuals are normally highly skilled, highly educated
and, it is hoped, highly paid - thus, contributing to the
wealth of the UK. The UK also wants to attract people, who
will not necessarily be high earners, but will fill positions
where there is a skills shortage. Many of the skills shortages
are in the healthcare and engineering sectors, eg 31% of doctors
and 25% of all health workers in the UK were born overseas.
The latest figures (published on 22 February) show that in
2004 Work Permits UK issued 160,370 business and commercial
work permits, 4,204 training and work experience permits,
and 16,858 sector-based permits."