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Work Permits

Volume 464: debated on Wednesday 17 October 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department pursuant to the answer of 9 October 2007, to question 149263, on work permits, if she will give a breakdown of the 20 non-EU nationalities receiving the most work permits for (i) doctors and (ii) nurses in each of the last 10 years. (158339)

The tables show the number of approved work permit applications that were issued to the top 20 non-EU nationality recipients of work permits (and others) for (i) doctors (table 1) and (ii) nurses (table 2) during the period 1999 to 2006. Data for 1997 and 1998 are not available. There have been no approvals for auxiliary nurses during this period.

The figures quoted are not provided under National Statistics protocols and have been derived from local management information and are therefore provisional and subject to change.

Table 1: work permits issued to doctors in the top 20 non-EU countries from 1999-2006

Non-EU state

1999

2000

2001

2002

2003

2004

2005

2006

Total

India

60

200

610

955

1,585

2,325

2,060

1,740

9,535

South Africa

40

95

370

1,005

755

565

300

265

3,390

Pakistan

15

60

140

215

290

475

425

375

1,995

China Peoples Republic of

5

40

110

140

170

160

200

215

1,040

Egypt

10

20

100

115

115

120

85

85

655

Nigeria

5

30

55

65

80

95

100

125

550

Sri Lanka

*

*

20

55

65

110

110

120

485

Australia

*

10

60

75

85

80

60

65

435

Malaysia

*

5

20

55

55

65

75

135

405

Libya

5

20

35

55

60

45

50

30

300

Syrian Arab Republic

0

5

25

30

55

55

55

40

265

Myanmar

0

*

15

15

55

50

75

35

255

Trinidad and Tobago

*

5

20

35

45

45

30

40

230

Sudan

5

15

20

35

45

45

35

30

230

Iran

0

0

5

10

20

40

40

55

170

New Zealand

0

5

25

25

30

20

15

15

135

Bangladesh

5

5

10

20

20

20

20

30

125

Jordan

*

0

5

10

20

30

30

30

125

Zimbabwe

0

*

5

15

20

30

25

20

120

Iraq

5

5

5

10

25

15

25

30

120

Others

10

65

145

180

230

295

255

350

1,525

Total

170

580

1,805

3,120

3,820

4,690

4,070

3,830

22,090

* = Indicates one or two.

Notes:

1. Figures are rounded to nearest five.

2. Because of rounding, figures may not add up to totals shown.

Table 2: work permits issued to nurses in the top 20 non-EU countries from 1999-2006

Non-EU state

1999

2000

2001

2002

2003

2004

2005

2006

Total

Philippines

575

6,760

10,440

11,145

10,960

8,875

4,870

2,840

56,460

India

70

915

2,790

3,935

5,475

7,265

7,230

4,440

32,120

South Africa

415

1,755

2,750

3,410

3,365

2,895

2,010

1,135

17,730

Zimbabwe

275

1,165

1,915

2,700

2,730

2,980

2,330

1,610

15,705

Nigeria

250

925

1,165

1,720

1,335

1,345

1,165

600

8,505

Ghana

50

310

530

635

770

745

650

290

3,980

Australia

80

505

620

555

530

440

370

300

3,400

Pakistan

10

85

410

455

415

515

515

290

2,700

Mauritius

55

200

320

375

430

460

350

175

2,365

Zambia

25

150

345

430

430

385

350

195

2,315

Trinidad and Tobago

165

440

390

360

310

255

190

110

2,215

Kenya

20

115

275

395

385

390

255

145

1,980

Jamaica

85

320

310

260

190

220

240

145

1,775

New Zealand

45

235

285

265

220

180

115

85

1,430

Guyana

10

35

80

120

160

295

225

180

1,110

China Peoples Republic of

5

60

105

90

130

160

130

105

790

Botswana

*

35

115

110

105

125

140

70

705

Malawi

10

40

95

115

120

115

125

70

700

Malaysia

40

140

135

120

75

70

60

40

685

Nepal

5

15

45

70

90

155

150

150

680

Others

235

925

1,230

1,465

1,370

1,305

1,200

705

8,435

Total

2,430

15,130

24,355

28,740

29,590

29,180

22,670

13,685

165,780

* = Indicates one or two.

Notes:

1. Figures are rounded to nearest five.

2. Because of rounding, figures may not add up to totals shown.