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UK increase minimum wage for skilled workers by 48 per cent

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The United Kingdom government has increased the general salary threshold for those arriving in the UK on a Skilled Worker visa from £26,200 to £38,700.

According to the VANGUARD,the Home Secretary, James Cleverly, in a statement said the minimum wage was increased by 48 per cent to cut migration and put British workers first in force.

Changes that are now in force will slash migration and prevent the undercutting of British workers by employers looking to recruit cheap labour from overseas.

The statement issued on its website on Thursday said that the UK businesses are now required to pay overseas workers coming to the UK on a Skilled Worker visa significantly more.

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It said the government is to clamp down on the price of foreign labour and continues to deliver on its commitment to drive down net migration.

The government said this increase will help ensure the UK’s immigration system focuses on recruiting high-skilled workers, helping to grow the UK economy while bringing overall numbers down.

This will help break down barriers to work for over a million people who are long-term unemployed, long-term sick, or disabled.

Home Secretary James Cleverly said: “It’s time to turn off the taps and end the flow of cheap workers from abroad.
“Mass migration is unsustainable and it’s simply not fair. It undercuts the wages of hard-working people who are just trying to make ends meet.

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“We are refocusing our immigration system to prioritise the brightest and best who have the skills our economy needs, while reducing overall numbers.

“I promised the British people an immigration system that serves their interests, and to bring numbers down – these tough measures deliver on that commitment. Employers must also play their part and put British workers first.”
While recounting the previous reforms to reduce migration, the UK said, “In January, the government ended the ability of nearly all postgraduate students to bring dependants to the UK.

“A drastic fall in student dependant applications is expected this year, with early indications already of this downward trend.”

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The government is clear that no sector should be permanently reliant on immigration, so today, the shortage occupation list has also been abolished, with employers no longer able to pay migrants less than UK workers in shortage occupations.

A new immigration salary list has been created, following advice from the expert and independent Migration Advisory Committee

Roles on the list will only be included where they are skilled and in shortage, and if it is sensible to include them considering the efforts being made by sectors to invest in the resident workforce.

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