Home Secretary asks MAC to review future salary thresholds

June 27, 2019

The Home Secretary Sajid Javid has asked the Migration Advisory Committee (MAC) to review salary thresholds for the future immigration system which will take effect from 2021.
MAC previously recommended that the Government should retain the existing minimum salary thresholds in the future immigration system. This includes paying experienced workers at least £30,000.

Home Secretary Sajid 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”

After the immigration White Paper released in December 2018, the Government have decided to use a year-long engagement programme with businesses and employers to gain further feedback in relation to salary thresholds. It is anticipated that over 1,500 stakeholders will form part of the consultation.

Regional differences of salary throughout the UK will be considered, which is to be welcomed in Northern Ireland across a diverse range of sector groups such as agri-food, manufacturing and retail.

The Migration Advisory Committee is expected to report back by January 2020 when the Government will consider all the evidence before finalising any plans. The new immigration system will be phased in from 2021.

This article has been produced for general information purposes and further advice should be sought from a professional advisor. Immigration is a complex area of law for both corporates and individuals.  Please contact our Business Immigration / Employment Team at Cleaver Fulton Rankin for further advice or information.

Conor McCrory, Associate, Immigration Law Team, Cleaver Fulton Rankin, Solicitors.