Salary thresholds for future immigration are to be considered by the Migration Advisory Committee.

The Home Secretary has asked the committee to consider how future salary thresholds should be considered and where there should be exceptions.

Personnel Today and Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development asked Jonathan Beech for his comments:

Salary thresholds should be based on job role rather than an arbitrary limit (currently £30,000). There needs to be a focus on the rate of pay a settled worker receives for a particular job.
The current threshold is very “London-centric”, so the suggestion that rates of pay should be set based on region is very welcome.

“Regional salary variations and a more targeted approach at job rate of pay will certainly help improve the immigration system for businesses struggling to attract and retain skills but must be managed carefully and regularly.”

Jonathan points out that the salary thresholds were just one aspect of the government’s proposed immigration rules. Other considerations include the removal of the resident labour market and a reform of the immigration skills charge. However, so far, Migrate UK has not noticed changes in the way employers are recruiting. “Due to the lack of available skills, most are willing to pay the skills charge”.

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