A SOUTH-WEST employment lawyer is warning that changes in immigration law could have a significant detrimental impact on businesses in the region.
The Government is implementing its coalition agreement commitment to limit the number of non-European migrant workers allowed to enter the UK to live and work.
Linda Beedie, of Bond Pearce, said: “Any operation which relies on skilled labour from outside Europe will be affected and the new measures represent a hurdle which may be difficult for many employers to cross.
“Historically the social care and health services have faced a major problem with skills shortages and have had to look outside the EU to recruit doctors and dentists.
“For science and research-based businesses, which have looked to specialists from around the globe to support their work, these changes could pose considerable difficulties.”
Ms Beedie added: “These changes are going to exacerbate an already difficult situation. It is vital that companies that require skilled foreign workers plan ahead and take professional advice.
“They should consider alternative visa routes and look at forthcoming projects in terms of their manpower strategy well in advance.”