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Migration salary Impact in London (5)

Questions to the Mayor of London – answered on 16th March 2020.

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What impact would the Government’s proposed £25,600 salary threshold have on the hospitality sector in London?

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GLA Economics recently published research on the potential impacts of new immigration policies in London, drawing on data provided by the Office for National Statistics:

https://www.london.gov.uk/business-and-economy-publications/potential-impacts-skills-based-immigration-policies-london

Current Issues Note 58 explores the potential impact of different salary thresholds – 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 ‘Food preparation and hospitality 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, it does not take into account exceptions to the general minimum salary threshold for new entrants.