Salary thresholds for future immigration

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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MAC report recommends additions to the shortage occupation list

Personnel Today, People Management and Recruiter report on MAC (Migration Advisory Committee) recommendations.

Vets, web designers, psychologists and architects are among the occupations that have been proposed as additions. It was noted that the shortage occupation list was last reviewed by the committee in 2013. The labour market has changed significantly since that time.

Migrate’s senior immigration consultant Karen Kaur was approached for her comments. Karen highlighted that the recommendations only apply under the current immigration rules.

“Now the list will cover 9% of the jobs within the market as opposed to 1% as previously seen. In fact, these recommendations should reach further to include engineers and IT professionals to the shortage list, as we have seen an increase in companies in the engineering sector contacting us with growing concern about their future workforce.”

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ONS net migration figures: increase in EU citizens in UK

OnRec asked Migrate’s MD Jonathan Beech for his comments.

‘An estimated 2.38 million EU nationals and 1.32 million non-EU nationals are now working in Britain, up by 110,000 and 30,000 respectively from the previous quarterly report.’

‘Employers are retaining overseas talent through remuneration packages. Migrate UK research found that since the referendum, 60% of employers are paying up to a total of £100,000 in extra benefits to keep much needed European skills.’

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