Business and Other Briefings
HO: From last week, a temporary limit on the amount of people from outside Europe who can work in the UK came into force. This limit will operate until March 2011 when a permanent limit comes into effect. The government is consulting business about what the permanent limit should be.
Under the interim limit, the number of highly skilled people without a job offer entering the country is 5,400. To raise standards in this category of the government's points-based system, the pass mark for eligibility will rise by 5 points. Meanwhile, the number of skilled migrants allowed to enter the country with a job offer is 18,700.