UK Work Permit statistics

An amazing statistic from the UK BA about the allocations of UK Tier 2 (General) Work Permits for 2011 to date. In the 3 months since April 2011 there have been 7200 certificates of sponsorship on offer but only 2645 (37%) of them have been consumed.

It does make you wonder about the value of the extensive reviews and tinkering with the system. The quota and limits were announced with such fanfare over the new immigration controls and how the quota system would make a profound change. Yet the economic circumstances in the UK mean employers aren't submitting applications at anything close to the quota levels.
The moral of this story? The state of the economy remains the simplest and most effective means of regulating migration.