With the Conservatives winning the snap general election, companies may find themselves having to pay £2,000 per year to employ migrant workers. This is the Immigration Skills Charger that will be levied on all companies that bring in skilled workers from abroad.
The Conservative manifesto for the general election does not contain much that would concern construction companies except for the immigration changes. Leaving the EU will give back the UK control over its borders and that means that any government will be able to reduce the number of people coming into the country.
For the UK construction industry, the biggest question is, will they still have access to the foreign labour pool? Many London construction projects and construction projects across the UK use workers from outside the UK.
The Conservatives have not set out a timetable for when they want to achieve their immigration targets, but they have said that they want to reduce the numbers from hundreds of thousands each year to tens of thousands.
The Conservative manifesto states: “It is our objective to reduce immigration to sustainable levels, by which we mean annual net migration in the tens of thousands, rather than the hundreds of thousands we have seen over the last two decades. We will therefore continue to bear down on immigration from outside the European Union. Leaving the European Union means, for the first time in decades that we will be able to control immigration from the European Union too.”