Sector employers are being warned that the UK Border Agency is likely to be swamped by last minute applications for registrations to the new immigration points system. A report by immigration consultants Sarah Butler Associates has revealed that only 11% of the UK's top employers have so far applied for licenses allowing them to hire migrant labour. Under the new rules high fliers and skilled professionals will be given preference over low-skilled migrant workers. And employers who recruit outside of the European Economic Area must be able to show that the job could not have been filled from 'resident labour market'. Sarah Butler warned that employers were leaving it too late to apply. “From a practical perspective this means that the UK Border Agency is likely to be swamped in June,” she said. Owners of Indian restaurants have already warned that the new immigration rules are causing a shortage of skilled chefs.

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