Increase to salary threshold for tier 2 migrant workers to £25,000

Implementation date: Autumn 2016

Sponsoring employers recruiting migrant workers under tier 2 of the points-based immigration system must pay those workers a minimum salary of £30,000. This change is being phased in with an increase to £25,000 in autumn 2016, rising to £30,000 in April 2017. Nurses, radiographers, paramedics and secondary school teachers in mathematics, physics, chemistry, computer science and Mandarin are exempt from the increases until July 2019. The minimum threshold for new entrants will remain at £20,800.

In addition, a new immigration skills charge is introduced on sponsoring employers employing tier 2 migrant workers at a rate of £1,000 per migrant worker per year, with a reduced rate of £364 applying to small and charitable organisations. The charge is to incentivise employers and reduce their reliance on migrant workers and to invest in the training and up skilling of UK workers.