Sarah Jones, Head of Education and Academic Liaison at ABPI, said: ‘It is vital that research-led science based companies are able to recruit the specialists that they need for the business to thrive. Intra-company transfers play a key role in this while also helping to bring in new skills which subsequently help to upskill other employees.
"At ABPI we believe that any new restriction on movement for key roles would certainly have a major adverse effect on the economic health of companies based in UK. Therefore we would strongly oppose efforts to enforce this."
The report, which cites the recent ABPI report – Bridging the skills gap in the biopharmaceutical industry – which found that pharmaceutical companies are struggling to recruit for high skilled roles in the UK due to low numbers of good quality candidates.
Sarah Jones added: "Securing the appropriate skills and roles across manufacturing, clinical and research and development within life sciences has been a significantly growing concern for our sector in the UK. Working to secure a skilled UK workforce for the future of biosciences is challenging and having the ability to utilise skills from outside of the EU is vital."
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