Salary needed for skilled foreign workers rises by a third to £38,700

Home Secretary James Cleverly has announced an increase to the minimum salary required for foreign workers to be eligible for a UK work visa.

People now wanting a skilled worker visa will have to earn £38,700, up from the previous level of £26,200.

This is more than the current median average salary of a full-time UK worker, which sits at £34,963.

The move forms part of government plans to curb migration.

Home Secretary James Cleverly has announced an increase to the minimum salary required for foreign workers to be eligible for a UK work visa.

People now wanting a skilled worker visa will have to earn £38,700, up from the previous level of £26,200.

This is more than the current median average salary of a full-time UK worker, which sits at £34,963.

The move forms part of government plans to curb migration.

As well as raising the salaries of migrants wanting a UK worker visa, the government has announced it’s also increasing the minimum income for family visas to the same threshold.

This means that, in the same way anyone wanting to secure a family visa will now have to earn £38,700.

Cleverly says this will ensure “people only bring dependants whom they can support financially”.

 

Additionally, Cleverly announced a review to shortage lists, signalling an end to the 20% going rate salary discount for shortage occupations.

The Migration Advisory Committee has been asked to review the occupations on this list and a new immigration salary list will be created with a reduced number of occupations.

Read more:

UK Visas and Immigration – GOV.UK (www.gov.uk)

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