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Wednesday, 28 August, 2002, 17:23 GMT 18:23 UK
Tech workers win jobs battle
Men discussing work over a computer screen
The IT labour market will be reviewed in 3 months
A group of computer consultants who said their jobs were being taken by cheaper foreign workers have won their battle with the UK Government.

The freelancers said they were suffering because the Home Office included IT specialists on a list of skills shortages.

This meant that companies could apply for fast-track visas to bring workers in from overseas.

British workers said the system was being abused.

Finding jobs became hard

Some companies, including big household names, were ending contracts then employing people on fast-track visas and lower salaries to do the same jobs.

Many of the overseas workers came from India.

Freelancers said they were finding it increasingly difficult to find new contracts, which suggested there was no skills shortage.

The Professional Contractors' Group collected evidence from its members and presented it to the Home Office.

After a series of discussions the government has agreed to remove all IT jobs from its skills shortage list and all IT work permit applications must show that the job has been advertised in either a national newspaper or a relevant trade journal.

But the Home Office said it would review the state of the labour market in about three months' time.

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