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Current Issues Note 58 explores the potential impact of different salary thresholds levels – including a £27,000 and £24,000 general minimum salary threshold – for jobs that meet an RQF 3 skills threshold. Appendix C provides an estimate of the number of medium and higher-skilled jobs in London which are held by EEA workers and paid below these salary thresholds by occupation. This includes a large number of jobs in ‘Construction and building trades’.
It is important to recognise that this research does not offer definitive judgments about every aspect of the Government’s proposed new immigration system. For example, the construction sector in London includes a very high share of self-employed workers, a group that would not meet the criteria for a skilled workers visa even without a salary threshold.