Make UK, formerly known as the Engineering Employers’ Federation, has announced that the government’s proposed £30,000 minimum salary threshold for skilled migrants looking for five-year visas, would have a “disastrous impact” on the manufacturing sector and urged them to “reconsider” their plans.

They say the proposal would result in a shortage of engineering technicians – roles which are primarily held by EU nationals.

Make UK commented:

“Few of these roles initially pay more than the £30,000 necessary under the new rules to qualify to work in the UK.

“As a minimum, the government should reduce the rate and offer a phased approach to any salary threshold introduction. This would allow businesses to adapt and train a different cohort of employees.

“As yet, the UK does not have the home-grown talent and expertise to fill what will soon become vacant job roles.”

Make UK has also disagreed with the rule change for lower skilled migrants, believing that it would affect EU nationals looking for work as plant and machine operators.

Chris Brazier, business immigration lawyer at B P Collins added:

“Whilst the £30,000 cap will be the subject of further consultation, the government has already been warned by industry that the cap is too high and will limit access to skilled workers. That warning is likely to be repeated over the coming months.

The temporary worker route may be a reasonable alternative but the fact it is limited to 12 months is likely to limit the number of individuals who will make use of this route”.

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