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Rapid review needed for proposed migrant salary threshold

Rapid review needed for proposed migrant salary threshold
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Home Secretary, James Cleverly, has written to the chair of the Migration Advisory Committee (MAC) commissioning it to carry out a rapid review of the planned Immigration Salary List in time for its implementation in the spring Immigration Rules

The Government is increasing the salary threshold for those arriving on the skilled worker route by 48% from £26,200 to £38,700 from April 2024.

Exemptions will be made for healthcare workers, needed by the care sector and NHS, and those workers in national payscale occupations, which will continue to be subject to their relevant occupational payscales.

The Government also plans to remove the 20% going rate discount for occupations on the Shortage Occupation List (SOL), which will be renamed the Immigration Salary List (ISL).

Mr Cleverly has asked the MAC to consider which occupations from the current SOL and/or the MAC’s October 2023 recommended SOL (converted to their SOC 2020 equivalents) should be temporarily included on an initial ISL from April 2024 ahead of a wider review, which the Government will commission in the near future.

MAC Chair, Professor Brian Bell, has promised to report back by 23 February 2024.

“The MAC will also take the opportunity in the rapid review to highlight the details of the new salary thresholds and the potential benefits of the ISL that will need to be clarified prior to a full review,” he told the home secretary.

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