Academy responds to publication of the number of Tier 2 (General) Certificates of Sponsorship that were refused due to the annual cap in each month between December 2017 and March 2018, as reported by the Campaign for Science and Engineering.

Dr Hayaatun Sillem, CEO, Royal Academy of Engineering, comments:

“Engineering is a global industry; companies rely on the ability to move engineers between countries and the UK visa system should reflect that. We know from industry partners, professional institutions and our Fellowship that there is a significant skills gap in engineering, and it is set to get worse. The annual shortfall of engineers in the UK is estimated to be up to 56,000 and for engineering, access to skilled labour from overseas will be crucial for the foreseeable future.

We are working hard with many partners to increase the numbers of UK engineering graduates and technicians, especially from groups currently under-represented in the profession. However, it is impossible to address engineering skills shortages entirely from within the UK, for reasons including the pace of technology development and the length of time it takes to fully train qualified engineers. A fit for purpose immigration system is essential.”