Rules on qualifications for migrant workers have changedThe Recruitment and Employment Confederation (REC) has welcomed this week’s changes to the UK’s points-based immigration system.

According to the group, it was alerted by its members to a problem that arose from amendments made to Tier 1 of the Points Based System in early 2009 which restricted niche professionals.

It was believed those in the medical profession such as cardiac technicians and radiographers were particularly affected by the changes.

However, the government has now made changes that mean the appropriate professional qualifications will be recognised as equivalent to the holding of a Master degree, in addition to an undergraduate degree or a suitable level of earnings, the REC explains.

Head of public policy at the group Anne Fairweather said: “We have been calling for some undergraduate degrees to be included once again within Tier 1 of the Points Based System and are pleased the government has made these changes.”

The REC claims to be the only professional body dedicated to representing the whole of the recruitment industry.

Posted by Colette Paxton