The UK’s Environment Secretary Michael Gove has proposed that the £30,000 salary threshold for overseas skilled workers should be rechecked.
Concerns have already been voiced about the threshold by businesses which believe it restricts them from hiring the needed foreign talents.
Home Secretary urged to look again at £30,000 salary threshold
With evidence, Mr. Gove told the Rural Economy Committee of the Scottish Government in Edinburgh about his proposal to Mr. Sajid Javid, the home secretary concerning the flexibility of the Immigration rules for overseas skilled workers in order to avoid shortage of workers after Brexit.
The proposal made in December for the Post-Brexit Immigration system stated that there would be no automatic right to work in the country for low those that earn less than £30,000 annually.
The director -general of the Confederation of the British industry Carolyn Fairbairn requested in a speech last week, that the proposal should be ditched, while Nicola Sturgeon Scottish first minister referred to it as “an act of vandalism.” According to Mr. Gove, assessing a worker based on the salary acquired is inappropriate.
Proposal would harm businesses that rely on foreign Labour
According to Mr. Gove, this proposal would harm those businesses that rely on skills from overseas. He further stated that he told the home secretary to be flexible in the interpretation of a skilled worker with respect to specific industries.
Access to both home grown and abroad talents
According to Mr. Gove, he appreciated the importance of accessibility of both home-grown and foreign talents during his visit earlier this month, to Nolan Seafoods in Aberdeen. He claimed that there are some laborers with high skills in the processing unit and might earn lesser than £30,000; as such, such talent should be accessible.
An open approach to immigration
When asked about the Immigration pilot scheme, which permits up to 2,500 workers to be recruited on six months visa between 2019 and the end of 2020, Mr. Gove said that an open approach should be used.
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