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Work Permits

Volume 487: debated on Wednesday 11 February 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many work permits have been issued to non-EU nationals in each of the last 10 years. (254416)

The following table shows the number of work permit applications for non-EU workers approved in each of the last 10 years.

Individual approved work permit applications for the period 1 January 1999 to 31 December 2008

Number

1999

56,190

2000

82,730

2001

113,460

2002

127,360

2003

133,170

2004

154,295

2005

136,900

2006

144,855

2007

128,210

2008

121,015

Notes:

1. Figures are rounded to nearest five.

2. 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.

The figures do not equate to the number of individual nationals who were granted permits because they include those applications approved to extend or amend an existing permit or where the individual has moved to another job with a different employer. Not all those who were granted a permit took up the job and some may have been refused entry clearance or further leave to remain.

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many applications for a work permit on the basis of an intra company transfer in respect of non-UK nations were (a) made and (b) granted in each of the last (i) five years and (ii) four quarters. (254490)

The following table shows the number of work permit applications made and approved for Intra-Company Transfers in each of the last five years and each of the last four quarters.

Number of individual work permit intra-company transfer applications made and approved for the period 1 January 2004 to 31 December 2008

2004

2005

2006

2007

2008

Total

Applications Approved

32,770

33,745

43,050

48,735

48,010

206,305

Applications Made

33,645

34,680

43,950

50,230

49,710

212,215

Number of individual work permit intra-company transfer applications made and approved for each quarter during the period 1 January 2008 to 31 December 2008

January to March

April to June

July to September

October to December

Total

Applications Approved

11,870

12,930

14,135

9,080

48,010

Applications Made

12,380

13,385

14,565

9,385

49,710

Notes:

1. Figures are rounded to nearest 5.

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

3. Caveats:

The figures do not equate to the number of individual nationals who were granted permits because they include those applications approved to extend or amend an existing permit or where the individual has moved to another job with a different employer. Not all those who were granted a permit took up the job and some may have been refused entry clearance or further leave to remain.

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.

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many companies obtained a grant for an intra company transfer in each of the last five years, broken down by industry sector. (254491)

The following table shows the number of companies who obtained an approval for an intra-company transfer in each of the last five years, broken down by industry sector.

Number of companies who obtained an approval for an intra-company transfer application for the period 1 January 2004 to 31 December 2008

Industry Name

2004

2005

2006

2007

2008

Total

Admin, Bus and Man Services

1,470

1,325

1,395

1,490

1,485

4,105

Agriculture Activities

15

15

15

15

20

60

Computer Services

820

760

820

860

820

2,195

Construction and Land Serv

155

145

170

165

185

465

Education and Cultural Act.

80

85

85

85

80

260

Ent and Leisure Services

90

90

105

100

95

320

Extraction Industries

125

125

120

140

160

330

Financial Services

670

635

720

810

800

1,865

Fish Processing SBS

1

0

0

0

0

1

Government

10

10

10

5

10

30

Health and Medical Services

160

160

165

165

175

545

Hospitality—SBS

1

5

1

0

0

5

Hospitality and Catering

100

85

90

80

60

265

Law Related Services

80

85

100

110

100

210

Manufacturing

645

620

600

585

645

1,730

Meat Processing SBS

0

0

0

1

0

1

Other Food Processing SBS

0

1

1

0

5

5

Real Est and Prop Services

15

20

25

40

25

85

Retail and Related Services

240

225

230

225

235

720

Secur and Protect Services

20

20

20

25

15

70

Sporting Activities

5

5

5

5

5

15

Telecommunications

135

135

120

160

150

395

Transport

190

170

175

180

190

510

Utilities—Gas Electricity Water

90

90

110

120

140

320

Total

4,860

4,595

4,815

5,080

5,105

13,515

1 Indicates 1 or 2.

Notes:

1. Figures are rounded to nearest 5.

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

3. 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.