Small Businesses: Coronavirus

Home Office written question – answered on 24th July 2020.

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Photo of Neil Coyle Neil Coyle Labour, Bermondsey and Old Southwark

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what assessment her Department has made of the economic effect of the covid-19 outbreak on the ability of SMEs to (a) fund skilled worker visa applications and (b) access foreign labour markets after the transition period.

Photo of Kevin Foster Kevin Foster The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for the Home Department

The Impact Assessment for the Immigration and Social Security Co-ordination (EU Withdrawal) Bill included an assessment of how Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) may be affected by the future skilled worker route. This previously published analysis did not model the additional economic effects of Covid-19 on the UK labour market; however, these effects and their impact on SME’s future engagement with the skilled worker route are highly uncertain.

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