Softer UK Immigration Stance Welcomed by Industry
A ‘softer’ stance on immigration in the UK will be welcomed by the oil and gas industry, according to Peter Searle, CEO of Airswift.
The Immigration Bill announced in the Queen’s speech enables the government to end the free movement of EU nationals into the UK, but still allows the country to attract "the brightest and the best" talent.
“This softer stance on immigration will be welcomed by many sectors, including oil and gas, which rely on an international workforce and need this expertise to successfully deliver projects safely, on time and on budget,” Searle said in a statement sent to Rigzone.
“However, it will still be imperative that the government rolls out clear initiatives around how project-based industries will continue to access international talent,” he added.
If this action isn’t completed, Searle warned that it could lead to a reluctance from global operators to invest into North Sea exploration projects or delay those already planned.
“What’s more, without clarity we could see a negative impact on investment into other UK infrastructure and wider energy projects,” Searle said.
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