Commenting on the publication of the Migration Advisory Committee’s (MAC) review into Tier 2 migration, Dr Adam Marshall, Executive Director of Policy at the British Chambers of Commerce (BCC), said:

“With businesses reporting severe recruitment difficulties, especially for highly-skilled and specialised positions, it makes no sense to slap new charges on firms that need to recruit from overseas – often because they are left with little alternative due to skills gaps here at home.

“The Migration Advisory Committee is wrong to recommend yet another tax on firms, hot on the heels of the apprenticeship levy, pensions auto-enrolment, and the national living wage – not to mention the high fees companies already pay for sponsor’s licenses and visas for specialised staff from overseas.

“Ministers should reject this recommendation, and tread carefully on others – including higher minimum salary thresholds, which could stop many regional companies getting the skills they need.”