In the run-up to the general election, the Government has issued statements on how its proposed points-based immigration system can be made to work for the NHS.

However, the Freight Transport Association (FTA) has queried, what about the logistics industry?

Responding to the Government’s call for evidence regarding the salary threshold for its future immigration policy, the FTA pointed out that the sector is currently reliant on workers from the EU to help fill vacancies for vital occupations such as LGV/van drivers and warehouse workers.

Head of Skills Policy Sally Gilson said: “The Government is focused on the £30,000 salary threshold for the employment of non-UK workers after Brexit and how this could impact businesses.”

This ignores a greater hurdle for the logistics sector, she went on, as it relies on EU workers which businesses would not be able to recruit within the proposed future immigration system.

This is because, even if the salary threshold recommended by the Migration Advisory Committee (MAC) was to be reduced, the staff required would be unable to meet the required Regulated Qualification Framework (RQF) Level 3 threshold.

“Although being an LGV driver takes skill and requires significant knowledge regarding the regulations and legal requirements,” Ms Gilson explained, “officially this is a Level 2 qualification.”

Therefore, under the Government’s plans, whether a driver earns the salary threshold or not they still will not be accepted.

Although the FTA would like to see an alternative scheme which utilises unused Apprenticeship Levy funding to create the training programmes needed to create the recruits needed, the possible enforcement of the new rules as early as 2021 leaves little time for employers to prepare.

Last reviewed 15 November 2019