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1,600 IT workers and engineers denied UK visas

1,600 IT workers and engineers denied UK visas

Science
More than 1,600 IT specialists and engineers offered jobs in the UK were denied visas between December and March, BBC News has learned. They were denied because the number applying exceeded the monthly limit allowed to enter the UK.Critics argue that the immigration policy will hamper the government's efforts to develop a high-tech economy.The government said it was important that employers look to recruit from the UK before looking overseas.The figures were obtained by the Campaign for Science and Engineering (Case).Case's executive director, Dr Sarah Main, said that job offers in areas where there were clear shortages, such as science and engineering, should be exempt from the Home Office cap."The tragedy is that this policy doesn't work for anyone: the...
Carillion boss denied seeking 'bailout'

Carillion boss denied seeking 'bailout'

Business
The chairman of Carillion denied that an emergency Government loan to the company would be "a bailout‎" even as he warned ministers that a failure to support it could risk "the physical safety of employees and the members of the public they serve".Sky News has exclusively obtained an email sent by Philip Green to John Manzoni, the Cabinet Office permanent secretary‎, less than 48 hours before Carillion was placed into compulsory liquidation.The message, which set out the construction group's request for a "bridge through to a restructuring", provides fresh evidence of the Carillion board's efforts to avoid taking responsibility for the parlous state of its finances, even as it neared collapse.In the email, dated 13 January, Mr Green said an emergency Government loan, thought to be for £10m