IT Contractor Index hits seven month high but continued immigration concerns

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An index for measuring IT contractor demand has shown its highest numerical reading since March.

This reassuring news goes in hand with the belief of the index compiler that “despite ongoing uncertainty” over Brexit, the “jobs market is thriving again in most areas”.  The Recruitment & Employment Confederation also said that new opportunities – permanent and contract across nine industries including IT are “back to levels not seen since April”. 

Sought-after skills are also behaving in a similar manner with only two IT specialisms (reports the REC) in short supply on a temporary basis.  However not all the news is so rosy with REC urging the Government to urgently address ‘employability skills’ within the education system. 

There is also concern as to what the 2016 Autumn statement might bring with calls for immigration policy to “reflect immediate labour market needs”. 

Imposing more stringent curbs on immigration is not what the country needs with a real issue regarding an ability to fill vacancies before there is a significant impact on business. 

Indeed, whilst the Institute of Directors applauded Prime Minister Theresa May on her visit to India they renewed their concerns about her failure to liberalise the UK visa system to allow more Indian workers to enter the UK.  “The Prime Minister must recognise that labour mobility and visas are key to deepening trade for a services-based economy like the UK.  Reforming the net migration target would be very well-received in India.”

However Mrs May has continued to defend her position saying “The figures show that we issue more work visas to India than I think US, Australia and China put together.  Nine out of ten visa application from India are accepted.  We have I believe, a good system”

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