The Public Relations and Communications Association (PRCA) has responded to the UK Government’s 10-page briefing document outlining the new immigration policy.
The new points-based immigration system requires those wanting to work in the UK to secure job offers with annual salaries of at least £25,600. The new proposed immigration system threatens to stifle UK public relations, which is reliant on talent from across the EU and around the world.
PRCA Director General, Francis Ingham MPRCA, said:
“The 2019 PRCA PR Census tells us that 12% of the industry are not UK nationals; and that the average account exec salary is 22k -3k below the proposed new threshold. None of this should be news to the Home Secretary, given she started her career as an account exec at Weber Shandwick.
“We urge the Government to give businesses the flexibility they need to recruit talented staff without such arbitrary and counter-productive cut off points. Talent is the number one issue facing UK PR firms. This proposal would exacerbate that problem, and damage what is a world-leading UK industry.”