Salary threshold changes will ease recruitment fears in economy
22 January 2020
Commenting on reports that the government is set to lift the £30,000 salary threshold target for migrants, Jasmine Whitbread, Chief Executive of London First, said:
“We are delighted the Prime Minister recognises that a £30,000 salary threshold would jeopardise key sectors of our economy, such as retail, hospitality, and construction.
“When the Immigration White Paper is published in March, it is vital that the Government designs a system that not only provides the control that is desired, but also reflects the needs of all parts of the economy.”
London First has long campaigned to keep the UK at full strength, through a fair and managed immigration system that keeps the UK open to workers the economy needs. We have brought together a coalition of over a dozen business and employment organisations to call for action in four key areas:
Lowering the salary threshold from £30,000, to reflect the realities of the labour market
A two-year temporary work route, with workers able to switch onto other routes, such as a skilled visa, while in the UK
A reformed sponsorship model, with less bureaucracy to make it easier for SMEs to use; and
Mobility of talent, through reinstating the two-year post-study visa for international students.
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