London Businesses Want Foreign Recruitment Red Tape Cut

More than a third of London business leaders have said a loosening of the red tape and restrictions around the recruitment of foreign workers is one of their top priorities at the moment. 

More than 760 leading businessmen and women in the capital were polled by the website Londonlovesbusiness.com on what they want the next London Mayor to prioritise. Some 37 per cent of respondents said that it should be easier to recruit skilled workers from abroad, after around 58 per cent said that too many young British graduates lacked essential basic literacy and numeracy skills.

One of the respondents, technology entrepreneur and founder of Conversocial, Joshua March, said the evolving skills needed in business had to be appropriately matched by more of the young people applying for jobs. 

"London needs better programming talent," he said. "All jobs are moving towards software, programming and maths knowledge and if London is to compete effectively, this is the only thing that will make a difference."

The survey also found the 60 per cent of business leaders would vote for a mayoral candidate who takes a strong line on public sector strikes in London. 

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