According to a report in The Telegraph, Chancellor Philip Hammond has promised that it will not be “more onerous” for UK firms to employ overseas workers after Brexit in what appears to be a contradiction to the Conservative Party’s general election manifesto.
In their manifesto, released last month, the Tories said that companies which employed foreign workers would be charged double the Immigration Skills Charge levy, with the resulting income used for training British people.
The ability to attract staff remains a huge issue for the horticultural sector, as well as being a key election battle ground. When Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn said he wanted “fair immigration based on the needs of our society,” he was criticised by many Conservatives, but farm leaders have warned that without the tens of thousands of migrant workers currently employed in the food chain, UK food production could simply cease.
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