London (CNN)International students will be offered a two-year UK visa after graduation with or without a job, the country’s Home Office announced Wednesday, reversing one of the major aspects of former Prime Minister Theresa May “hostile environment” strategy.
New Prime Minister Boris Johnson said the changes, which will come into force next year, meant that overseas students would not be forced to leave four months after finishing a degree — making it easier for them to start careers in the UK.
“Britain has a proud history of putting itself at the heart of international collaboration and discovery,” Johnson said in a statement, adding that the country’s scientific breakthroughs “wouldn’t be possible without being open to the brightest and the best from across the globe to study and work in the UK.”
“That’s why we’re unveiling a new route for international students to unlock their potential and start their careers in the UK,” he said.
The new policy applies to international students at the undergraduate level or above, and to trusted institutions with a track record of upholding immigration checks, the Home Office said in a statement.
No cap will be placed on the number of students eligible for the visa, nor will there be restrictions on the kinds of jobs they can seek.
(CNS): Butterfield Bank is losing ten local jobs, officials have confirmed, as part of a restructuring announced by the financial institution that will see positions migrating to the support services centre in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada. Twelve posts in Bermuda and ten here in the Cayman Islands will go. All of the job losses are in the card fraud department, the middle office areas and call centres, and will impact nine Caymanian workers.
A Butterfield spokesperson told CNS it was working to find alternative roles within the bank for the local workers as the jobs move to Canada in the coming months. 94% of the employees are Caymanian, and the bank said the redundancies reflect that ratio.
The announcement was made public earlier this week but the bank said it had informed employees about the restructuring and redundancies last week.
Secretary of State Julian Smith was among those present as Trade NI launched its 10-year plan Vision 2030 at Westminster on Wednesday.
The head of one of Northern Ireland’s largest business banks has warned a no-deal Brexit would cause an “existential” challenge for companies.
The region is already dealing with limited economic growth, and the largest trade delegation from Belfast ever to visit Westminster has published a 10-year plan it says will create 65,000 jobs.
The alliance of retailers, the hospitality industry and manufacturers expressed concern at uncertainty surrounding Brexit and the prospect of no-deal.
Kevin Kingston, chief executive officer of Danske Bank UK, said: “When you move down to the smaller businesses it becomes much more difficult, some of them are facing an existential challenge and it is very hard to plan for outcomes when it is that fundamental to your business model.
“For the smaller businesses, I don’t think they are ready (for no deal) but I am not saying that as a criticism, I am saying that is a cold, hard reality of the challenges they face.
Strengthening local economies will do more to revive Britain’s struggling high streets than sprucing up city centres or changing the tax system to help retailers, according to a report.
The Centre for Cities thinktank said the government should help towns and cities improve skill levels among local workforces in order to attract businesses and generate well paid jobs. Without the spending power these jobs provide, attempts to make high streets more attractive to consumers will fail, the report said.
Centre for Cities looked at 62 of the UK’s biggest cities and towns and found a strong link between high-skilled jobs and thriving high streets. It said cities with stronger economies had more theatres, museums and restaurants while cities with weak economies often had only the basics.
Well paid jobs in the city centre make those amenities viable whereas opening a museum or a theatre in a weak economy is unlikely to revitalise a town or city, the report found. It said London and Manchester are busy because they have well paid workers whereas towns such as Mansfield and Barnsley struggle without enough prosperous consumers.
The chief executive of Centre for Cities Andrew Carter, said: “Good jobs and a strong local economy are the keys to saving high streets. Any interventions that seek to improve cities’ amenities without boosting consumer spending power are doomed to fail from an economic perspective.”
The report follows the publication this week of figures showing shops, pubs and restaurants closing at the fastest pace in almost a decade, with 16 high street sites closed their doors every day in the first half of 2019. Big retailers have called on the government to review business rates and other taxes to put them on a level footing with online-only rivals such as Amazon and Asos.
MANILA, Philippines — More overseas opportunities beckon for Filipino skilled workers as Yukon, a Canadian territory, will open 2,000 jobs in various industries every year, according to the Department of Labor and Employment (Dole).
Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III said he signed a joint communiqué with his counterpart in Yukon for the deployment of skilled workers with an opportunity to bring their families there.
“The joint communiqué with Yukon, Canada, contains a request for 2,000 skilled workers every year,” he said in a statement.
Following the agreement, Bello directed Administrator Bernard Olalia of the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration to fast-track the deployment of workers to Yukon, as well as the processing of overseas employment certificate of those who will be working in Vancouver and Toronto.
“After we met with our counterparts, I advised Admin Olalia to liberalize the deployment of OFWs (overseas Filipino workers) in Canada. We had a firsthand encounter with the Filipinos in Yukon and we are assured that they are well protected and respected without any class distinction. We heard not a single complaint,” Bello added.
The salaries range from P80,000 up to P300,000.