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RIBA responds to Migration Advisory Committee’s recommendation to add architects to the Shortage Occupation List

30 May 2019

RIBA President, Ben Derbyshire, said:

“Ensuring that the UK has access to international architectural skills and talent is a key focus for the RIBA. 25% of architects registered in the UK are international – the vast majority of whom are from the EU. Since the referendum, the sector has experienced a drop-off in the number of the EU architects coming to the UK, which is having an impact on recruitment.

It is encouraging that the Migration Advisory Committee (MAC) has accepted our recommendation to include architects on the Shortage Occupation List. This is a positive development for architects trying to navigate the UK’s complex and burdensome immigration system.

We will continue to urge the MAC to drop their £30,000 suggested salary threshold, as we are concerned that it will lock out young talent, especially outside of London. This is a critical time for our country and our sector - we urgently need an approach to immigration that attracts a broad range of international talent.”

ENDS

Notes to editors:

1. For further press information contact Abigail.Chiswell-White@riba.org +44 (0) 20 7580 3811

2. The Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) is a global professional membership body that serves its members and society in order to deliver better buildings and places, stronger communities and a sustainable environment. Follow @RIBA on Twitter for regular updates.

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