first_imgwww.dfee.gov.uk/ols The Government is to fast-track visa applications for foreign e-commercespecialists in an effort to help firms beat a chronic skills shortage in thesector.New proposals on work permits, due in the spring, are seen as crucial tomaintain the UK’s e-commerce boom.Firms are struggling to recruit e-commerce skills in the UK jobs market, butface delays bringing in staff from abroad because of complicated visa rules.”There is an absolute free-for-all for resources because everyone isgoing on-line in every conceivable way,” said Clive Jefferys, e-commercestrategist at recruitment agency e3span.Under the new plans, which are part of a government consultation paper,companies will not have to prove they have advertised for staff in the UKfirst.Employers in health, construction, electronic engineering and other sectorssuffering skill shortages are also likely to benefit from the move.Michaela Burr, head of recruitment at Cap Gemini, called for cooperationacross Europe to ensure staff could work on international projects.”Although we can get a permit to work in the UK, that person cannot thenwork on an project in the rest of Europe,” she explained.The consultation period on the changes to work permit regulations ends atthe end of January. Previous Article Next Article Comments are closed. center_img Visa plan to help e-work voidOn 18 Jan 2000 in Personnel Today Related posts:No related photos.last_img read more