Thursday 21st May 2015
LCCI responds to Prime Minister's announcements on immigration
Commenting on David Cameron's announcements today on more stringent immigration policy, Chief Executive of London Chamber of Commerce and Industry Colin Stanbridge said: "The historic success of London as a world-class city has been built upon a diverse pool of skilled workers.
"Our recent polling on whether London firms are hiring non-UK staff has showed that the perception that migrant workers are propping up huge swathes of the London labour market, is misplaced - only one third of London businesses are employing non-UK staff.
"However, we cannot overstate the importance of migrant labour to London's economy. Although only a small proportion of businesses employ non-UK staff, those that do are seeking skills and experience which are in short supply in the domestic labour market.
"Businesses are already telling us that restrictive visa rules on bringing in international staff, as well as connecting with overseas business visitors have a negative impact on their business. We must think very carefully about any changes to the existing - already restrictive system - and ensure that they do not disadvantage businesses further."
Jo Hooper, Press & Media Relations Manager
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NOTES TO EDITOR:
- London Chamber of Commerce and Industry (LCCI) is the capital's largest and most representative business organisation, with members ranging in size from multi-national companies to SMEs and sole traders.
- Colin Stanbridge is available for further comment and interview.