UK reaches its work permit limit for skilled workers

The UK’s cap on Tier 2 work permits, the work permits issued by UK employers when recruiting skilled overseas workers from outside Europe, has been reached for the first time in four years.

As the cap level has been reached, some applications from businesses and the public sector to fill skilled vacancies from overseas have started to be refused, leading to accusations that Britain is now no longer open to the “brightest and best” from around the world.