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One third of Tier 1 highly skilled workers working in low-skill jobs

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The UK Border Agency has today published a study which looks at the jobs being done by migrants who are in the UK under Tier 1 of the points-based system.

Tier 1 is for highly skilled workers, investors and entrepreneurs, but the study reveals that around a third of the 1,184 people sampled are being employed in lower-skilled jobs such as shop assistants and supermarket cashiers.

Immigration Minister Damian Green said:

"While it is important that low-skilled jobs are filled, there are hundreds of thousands of British people who could be doing them instead of a migrant.

"Those coming into the UK under the highly skilled migrant route should only be able to do highly skilled jobs -- it should not be used as a means to enter the low-skilled jobs market.

"Investors and entrepreneurs aside, this report questions the value of this route into the UK, and the findings will play a key part in discussions on how the annual limit will be shaped."

Tier 1 visas are issued to applicants who meet the correct criteria. Factors such as qualifications, previous earnings and age are taken into account.

Unlike those who come into the UK under Tier 2 of the points-based system, Tier 1 migrants do not need a job offer before they arrive in the UK.

The report's findings come in advance of the government's announcement on the new permanent annual limit arrangements, including who will be included in the limit and at what level it will be set.

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