FSB Scotland reacts to new immigration plans

The Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) in Scotland has voiced the concern of its members over the costs and administrative burdens of the UK Government’s plan for a new immigration system.

Reacting to the announcement, FSB Scotland Policy Chair Andrew McRae said: “When you consider that only 5% of Scottish small businesses have used the current immigration system, it’s no wonder small employers will be concerned at these plans. The system is notoriously complex and costly and few small businesses will be able to absorb high administration costs – or have the resources to prepare for new rules in ten months’ time.

“For well-known sectoral and demographic reasons, Scotland’s small employers have a greater reliance on EU workers than the UK average. These staff are central to the success of many businesses in Scotland and therefore it’s crucial that employers encourage them to apply to the EU Settlement Scheme.

“Small businesses need a system that reflects Scotland’s needs without tying them up in red tape. We believe this can be incorporated within a new immigration system if the political will exists. We’re ready to discuss the details in the weeks and months ahead with all concerned parties.”