back to article UK.gov closes door against foreign boners

The UK government has declared the country has quite enough boners, and has pulled up the drawbridge against any foreign boners wishing to immigrate. The Home Office announced today that following a Migration Advisory Council's recommendation, it had removed eight job titles from the "shortage occupation list". This is part of …

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I am SHOCKED and DISGUSTED

that Lester didn't write this..

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There's b*llsh*t...

...and there's Government Ministry output.

Amazing really - we have record numbers of people leaving University with degrees but cannot find any people from amongst them clever enough to do any of the listed jobs.

Somewhere along the line someone has been telling a lot of lies - either our Universities are a joke or it's just been about breaking the work force and driving down wages. I rather suspect it's the latter.

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But what degrees ?

I seem to recall that people like the Chemistry, Physics & Engineering professions have been saying for a while that there are too few chemistry/physics/engineering graduates. I also seem to recall that the number of students taking these degree courses is dropping. (Wasn't there one University that closed it's Chemistry department due to poor take-up of the degrees ?)

One newspaper story (alleges) that this is because these subjects are "too hard". I think there's also a perception that scientist/engineers are nerdy geeks, with all the (negative) social stereotypes that goes with it.

How much of this is true, and how much is daily fail scaremongering I don't know.

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Actually based on my experiences...

When i first moved ot the UK (no work experience, fresh out of uni) after 6 months having fun and getting drunk nightly in London, i went for a job interview where i had to prove my skills on a particular CAD package, which i had not touched since leaving Australia 6 months before. I spent the first 5 minutes of the test trying to remember how to open the bloody sketcher function!

I was told afterwards that i was the most highly skilled person with the program even though i was competing with UK students who had finished there degrees only days before (and had been claiming to be using the program the previous day).

So from my own experience and from what ive been told in the interveneing years since by any number of older engineers, there is just no respect for UK engineering degrees and the quality of the graduates they produce. The fact that an engineering degree in the UK is only 3 years is also a massive downside. In 3 years you can learn the basics of being an engineer but you cant learn anything about the specific industry your studying for - at least not in any way thats of use to that industry.

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Closing a door against a boner?

Let me be the first of thousands to wince and say "Ouch-ouch-ouch-ouch!"

/wanders off, looking for a bag of frozen peas...

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Points!

The points system - letting in the educated people to take all the well paid / highly skilled jobs we've got so we don't have to spend money educating our own people!

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Dancers and choreographers?

We'be got enough complete tossers and celebrity retards in this country thanks, time to take them off.

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Sheep-sh***ers

Shame about the block on sheep-shearers: I guess this means no more tranches of tanned and muscled Aussies and Kiwis visiting the UK in summer to drink the place dry.

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Re: Sheep-sh***ers

Us Welsh will be happy to fill that hole

Yeah, the sheepskin jacket please

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Tanned and muscled aussies?

Most of them are overweight at home so not sure where those ones come from. They're currently trying to out-lard the yanks and are doing a fine job of it.

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Pint

So some of those re-training schemes might actually be *working*?

Worth raising a glass to.

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Nah

It's not re-training - there's just no jobs.

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Sheep-sh***ers?

Is someone AGGressively shearing 3 letters? Or, would that be sheep-shuckers? Is there such a pro fess shun?

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not sheep

We're all IT and GIS specialists in the UK now...

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