UK govt plans to increase weekly work hours for international students from 20 hours to 30 to address labour shortage
Saturday 28 January 2023 11:50 AM UTC
LONDON Jan 28: International students, including Indians, in the UK are likely to be allowed to work for longer hours and take up more part time jobs to plug labour shortages in various sectors across the country, according to a report.
Presently, foreign students in the UK, who number around 6,80,000, are allowed to work for a maximum of 20 hours a week during term time. However, discussions have begun within the government to raise this cap to 30 hours or remove it entirely in a bid to boost its economy, The Times reported.
International students made up 476,000 of the 1.1 million migrants who arrived in the country last year.
Of these, India became the largest source of students with 161,000 students, including 33,240 dependents, coming to the UK last year.
There are 1.3 million empty posts, almost half a million more than before the pandemic, and according to Prime Minister Rishi Sunak, “businesses are crying out for workers”.
Government sources told The Times that lifting the cap on foreign students’ hours was “part of a swathe of ideas being considered”, adding that the idea is at a nascent stage.
But what could put a spanner in the works is Home Secretary Suella Braverman’s plans to reduce the number of foreign students coming to the country.
With the net migration numbers rising to an estimated record of 504,000 last year, Braverman has drawn up proposals to reduce the number, which includes shortening the duration foreign students can stay in Britain post their course.
Curbs are also being considered on the number of dependents allowed into the UK and restricting foreign students attending “low-quality” courses.
However, according to the Department of Education, the restrictions will bankrupt UK universities, which depend on foreign students for money.
According to UK-based New Way Consultancy, foreign students and their dependents contributed to the UK economy not just through fees of 10,000 pounds to 26,000 pounds but also via an NHS surcharge of 400 pounds a year for the student and 600 pounds for a dependent.
It warned that curbs on graduate work visas will force Indian students to shift to countries like Australia and Canada, ultimately leading to the end of the student market in the UK.
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6 thoughts on “UK govt plans to increase weekly work hours for international students from 20 hours to 30 to address labour shortage”
Greetings according to my suggestion that’s is good initiative that because it has two advantages for government that illegal work will be eliminate and shortage of employees will be fulfilled in the company. I would highly appreciates
This government will ruin Universities and economy.
By making unwise decisions.
These issues need to be address carefully
Best decisions will help to improve country economy.
Why is this post making references to Indian students mostly? Why emphasis on they? International students should be the word instead of singling out Indians.
This isn’t about plugging jobs deficit but a well rehearsed plan to flood the country with immigrants and and encourage the menace of extensions after studies.
It’s a great idea to increase number of hours allowed for students.
Secondly whatever anyone is earning 90% of that have to spend here as cost of living is very high so all earned is again spent in the country.
Students bring billions of pounds of revenue to UK economy and they are investors for any country so must not be included in migration figures or numbers.
V good prime minister uk v good thinking for country