The Migration Advisory Committee (MAC) has published its report today on its analysis on the salary thresholds under Tier 2.

Back in June 2015, the government commissioned MAC to review and address the concerns regarding the rising number of migrants applying under Tier 2 and reliance on the migrants to fill staff shortages in specific areas.

The government also requested the MAC to advise on the impact on net migration of setting new minimum salary thresholds to ensure that Tier 2 migrants were not undercutting the resident labour force.

The MAC was specifically asked to consider the impact of the following:

• Increasing the minimum salary thresholds for Tier 2 (General), Tier 2 (ICT) for the short-term and long-term categories to a level that better aligns with the salaries paid to highly-specialised experts or individuals filling skills shortages skilled to NQF Level 6 or higher.

• Increasing the Tier 2 minimum salaries for experienced workers per occupation.

• Increasing the Tier 2 minimum salaries for new entrant workers per occupation.

In the report, MAC is urging the government to be cautious in making any early decisions to raise the minimum salary requirements for skilled migrant workers before the conclusion of the wide review in December 2015.

To access a full copy of the MAC report, please click here.

If you would like to discuss any of the issues raised in this article, please contact Chetal Patel an Associate in the Immigration Department.

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Posted on 13/08/2015 in Legal Updates

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