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Brexit migration plans will “raise anxiety for creative industries”

Union BECTU says government's plans to rely on Tier 2 visa scheme are "entirely inappropriate"

Trade union BECTU has issued a warning that the government’s plans for migration after Brexit will “raise anxiety” in the creative sector.

Head of BECTU Gerry Morrissey said that the government’s proposals could have a major impact on the UK’s creative industries.

After such a long wait for some clarification we have now been presented with proposals that will raise anxiety for EU workers in the UK creative sector and make employers consider whether the UK is the place they want to be based for future projects.” he said.

“Large portions of the entertainment industry rely on an international workforce. The Tier 2 visa scheme is already stretched and would be an entirely inappropriate way to address future migration from the EU. For example, many people working in the creative sectors are highly skilled and earning above the salary threshold, but will not be able to demonstrate that they have the right level of qualification to enter on this type of visa.

“The government must take into account the long term needs of workers and businesses ahead of short term political interests.”