NBRA ‘deeply disappointed’ with new immigration requirements

The National Body Repair Association (NBRA) has expressed concern about the latest changes to immigration requirements announced by the UK government.

From 4 April, the general salary threshold for skilled workers coming to the UK will increase from £26,200 to £38,700.

The NBRA fears this will make it harder for the automotive incident repair sector to employ skilled workers from overseas.

Martyn Rowley, executive director, said: “The NBRA is deeply disappointed regarding the recent announcement of changes to immigration rules by the UK government. As the only trade association representing car body repairers across the UK, we recognise the importance of maintaining a skilled workforce and fostering an environment useful to business growth and sustainability.

“We are deeply concerned about the implications of these new rules on our industry. Our members, who play a vital role in the automotive repair sector, often rely on skilled workers from overseas to fill crucial roles. The automotive repair industry faces a persistent challenge in recruiting and retaining skilled professionals domestically, and the government’s stringent measures exacerbate these difficulties.

“We acknowledge the government’s aim to prioritise investments in the resident workforce. However, it is imperative to recognise the reality of skill shortages and the invaluable contributions of overseas workers to our industry.

“These regulations could disproportionately impact British employees, where due to lack of skilled staff or unstainable wage demands otherwise profitable businesses will be forced to close sites. The NBRA urges the government to reconsider these measures and engage in constructive dialogue with industry stakeholders to address concerns effectively.”