The United Kingdom is tightening curbs on foreign workers from outside the European Union.
Immigrants face more stringent conditions. They will not be able to take skilled posts unless the positions have already been advertised in government-run jobcentres. From April, non-EU workers will also have to have a master’s degree and a previous salary equivalent to 22 thousand euros. The Home Secretary Jacqui Smith said she was increasing the educational and financial requirements for skilled posts in order to reduce applications from overseas by about 12,000. As the recession bites and firms cut staff, unemployment in Britain has reached its highest level for decades with nearly two milion out of work. British workers recently took strike action to protest against the hiring of foreign workers at a French owned oil refinery which only came to an end when the employers Total agreed to hire more local employees.