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New immigration skills charge for UK employers

by Sam Hopwood | Sep 24, 2015
  • The Immigration Bill proposes to levy a skills charge on employers who sponsor Tier 2 visas for non-European Economic Area workers. ​
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    In the year ending June 2015, a total of 92,590 Tier 2 entry clearance visas were granted to highly skilled migrants. Included in this number were 53,630 main applicants and 38,960 dependents. 

    The bill aims to reduce the demand for migrant labour in jobs that can be filled by domestic workers. The skills charge is intended to help address the current and projected skills needs in the UK economy while contributing to reducing net migration. The funds collected will be used to develop skills in the resident labour market, addressing skills gaps in the UK.  

    The Migration Advisory Committee has been asked to advise on the scope and impact of the charge, and the government will be consulting on its collection and expenditure.


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