Salary thresholds for new immigration system – time for businesses to have their say

Sajid Javid, Home Secretary, has asked the Migration Advisory Committee (MAC) to review salary thresholds for the new immigration system, which will take effect from 2021.

MAC had previously proposed that the government should keep the existing minimum salary thresholds in the future immigration system, which includes paying experienced workers at least £30,000, and new entrants (including recent graduates) at least £20,800.

The Home Secretary has now asked MAC to examine:

  • How future salary thresholds should be calculated,
  • Salary threshold levels,
  • If there is a case for regional salary thresholds for different regions in the UK,
  • Whether there should be exceptions to salary thresholds, for example if non British employees work in an occupation where there is a shortage of staff.

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.”

Chris Brazier, employment and business immigration partner who is part of B P Collins' Brexit team said:

“B P Collins’ business immigration practice intends to respond to MAC’s consultation on the salary thresholds and would welcome comments from employers of international workers who will be directly affected by any future changes. We can then coordinate meaningful and constructive feedback which will ensure that our clients and other businesses across Thames Valley and London have their say.”

“MAC is likely to report back by January 2020, when the government will consider all the evidence before finalising plans, so there’s no time to lose.”


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