MPs call for review of work options after study

24 February 2015

The All-Party Parliamentary Group on Migration has today published the report of its inquiry into UK post study work opportunities for international students.

It covers the current difficulties that can be experienced by international students who wish to work in the UK after graduation and the impact of the closure of Tier 1 (Post-Study Work) in April 2012 on the recruitment of students by UK institutions.

It has four main recommendations:

  1. The introduction of a new route allowing students to stay for a period of at least 12 months following graduation to seek and to obtain work
  2. Measures to improve the attractiveness of Tier 2 to employers including smaller and medium sized enterprises that would allow greater flexibility of wage levels and would improve Home Office information about Tier 2 and international students aimed at employers
  3. A review of existing routes, particularly Tier 1 (Graduate Entrepreneur), the Doctorate Extension Scheme and Tier 5 (Government Authorised Exchange) to increase access of UK employers to graduates
  4. The Goverment should commission an in-depth independent review of the impact of policy in this area and on the UK's share of the international student market

The Department of Business, Innovation & Skills has today published a research paper on the impacts of migrant workers on UK businesses. Researchers carried out telephone interviews with managers of 80 businesses, and the report includes 15 case studies of the impact of migrant workers in high- and low-skilled areas of work, based on the key themes of skills, innovation, knowledge sharing, migrant connections, integration and applicant shortages.