Stat of the day: 20,000

The number of students graduating with degrees in engineering - although there are 37,000 vacancies in the field each year.

by Elizabeth Anderson
Last Updated: 09 Oct 2013
Sir James Dyson has spoken out against the government’s decision to clamp down on the amount of time foreign graduates can stay in Britain.

Speaking on the BBC Radio 4 programme The World This Weekend, the entrepreneur said he was especially concerned because the UK already has a shortage of engineers. Currently there are about 37,000 vacancies a year and about 20,000 graduates.  

The business tycoon said the restrictions unveiled by home secretary Teresa May last week would mean many firms like his will go abroad because there aren’t enough skilled workers in the UK. Another British institution bites the dust?

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