Commenting on the possibility that employers may be forced to pay for immigrant workers' language lessons, Sally Low, Director of Policy at the British Chambers of Commerce, said:

"Employers have been forced to use migrant labour to fill the skills shortages endemic throughout the UK.

"With this in mind, legislation that forces businesses to fund migrants' language lessons seems extremely unfair. Migrants have protected the economy from the more damaging effects of a skills shortage and the majority of businesses have only used them because of the inherent failings of the UK's education system."