Sajid Javid asks committee to reassess £30,000 salary threshold for migrants

25 June 2019 by
Sajid Javid asks committee to reassess £30,000 salary threshold for migrants

Home secretary Sajid Javid has asked the Migration Advisory Committee (MAC) to reassess planned salary thresholds of£30,000, which are set to take effect from 2021.

The independent body had previously recommended that experienced migrant workers should have a salary of at least £30,000 and recent graduates at least £20,800.

But following feedback from businesses and employers, the MAC has been asked to consider if there is a case for regional thresholds or exceptions for less experienced workers and those taking jobs in occupations suffering staffing shortages.

Javid said: "It's vital the new immigration system continues to attract talented people to grow our economy and support business while controlling our borders.

"These proposals are the biggest change to our immigration system in a generation, so it's right that we consider all of the evidence before finalising them.

"That's why I've asked independent experts to review the evidence on salary thresholds. It's crucial the new immigration system works in the best interests of the whole of the UK."

UKHospitality chief executive Kate Nicholls had previously said such a move would be "positive and pragmatic" showing that the "home secretary has been listening to our concerns".

She added: "Any future migration policy must focus on the needs and fortunes of the wider economy, rather than focusing on individuals. Hospitality is a key economic driver but to keep growing will need to employ non-British workers in many different roles. It is vital that we also have a separate route for semi-skilled workers."

The MAC is expected to publish a report by January 2020.

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