Migrant Workers

Home Office written question – answered on 9th January 2019.

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Photo of Carol Monaghan Carol Monaghan Shadow SNP Spokesperson (Armed Forces and Veterans), Shadow SNP Spokesperson (Education)

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what assessment his Department made of the variations in national average salaries in advance of setting a £30,000 salary threshold for skilled workers.

Photo of Caroline Nokes Caroline Nokes The Minister for Immigration

In their report, EEA migration in the UK, the independent Migration Advisory Committee (MAC) recommended “maintaining the existing salary threshold for all migrants in Tier 2. The Government will engage businesses and employers as to what salary threshold should be set.

In addition, Scotland already has a separate Shortage Occupation List (SOL) and we will invite the Migration Advisory Committee to compile such a list for Northern Ireland and consider whether the composition of the SOL needs to be different for Wales.

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