According to a latest report by a group of businesses and education bodies, the salary threshold for foreign workers in the UK should be lowered from £30,000 to £20,000. The new idea was proposed to avoid ‘acute’ skills shortages.
As per the current law, a non-EU citizen working in the UK had to earn at least £30,000; however this will be extended to EU citizens after Brexit, according to the current proposal. Previously stated in the last year’s Immigration White Paper, the extension threshold was planned in order to create a government’s planning for a post-Brexit immigration system.
Owning to reports released by the British Retail Consortium and UK Hospitality, more than 60% of all jobs in the UK were lower than the £30,000 cut-off. The source also urged for generous issuing of post-study work and temporary visas, with regards to the decrease in number of immigration.
The education and business bodies thus urged that the next prime minister should decrease the salary threshold for foreign workers. “Without the ability to access international talent, many of our world-class sectors are at significant risk,” according to a statement released by the source. “As the UK prepares to leave the EU in the near future, it is imperative that the government puts in place measures that will avoid employers facing a cliff-edge in recruitment, and works towards building a successful economy that is open and attractive.”
According to a statement released by Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt, he said he would prioritize skilled workers, by reviewing the £30,000 salary threshold.
Boris Johnson, who is considered most eligible to takeover Theresa May will allegedly consider a new Australian-style points-based system. Through this, factors such as an immigrant with a secure job and their English speaking capabilities will be tested.
“Our new skills-based immigration system is designed to attract the talented workers we need for the economy to continue to prosper, while also delivering on the referendum result following the end of free movement,” said a Home Office spokesman.
Due to the new system the pressure on businesses which streamline and simplify the sponsorship system would create a temporary work route and thus allow UK companies more accessibility to employees.