The new Points-Based Immigration System will be introduced on the 1st January 2021 when EU free
movement ends. Migrant workers will need to score a minimum number of points to qualify. The
implications for employers are as follows:
• The same immigration system will apply to all non-UK migrant workers.
• All businesses wishing to employ migrant workers will need to apply for a sponsor licence.
• There will be no general route for low-skilled or unskilled workers. All migrant workers must be qualified to level 3 or above (ie medium level/A-level equivalent).
• A minimum salary threshold of £25,600 will apply, unless the job is on the Shortage Occupation List (SOL). Jobs on the SOL have tradable points enabling a discount of 20% on the minimum salary threshold, to an absolute minimum of £20,400.
There will be no restrictions on the employment of EU citizens that have been granted EU PreSettled Status or Settled Status.
Action to be taken:
1. Businesses are asked to consider the Migration Advisory Committee consultation on the Shortage Occupation List (SOL) and to respond if they are affected. Even a brief response is valuable.
2. From 1 January 2021, if a business needs to employ a worker from outside the UK in a medium-skilled role, the minimum salary for that role will be £25,600 unless the job is in shortage and listed on the SOL. Jobs on the SOL are eligible for a 20% salary discount.
3. The MAC is inviting businesses to complete a short questionnaire to give evidence as to why a specific job should be on the SOL. If no evidence is received, the job will not be added to the SOL.
4. Recognising the impact of Covid-19 on firms’ ability to respond, the MAC is inviting employers to provide whatever detail they can to highlight their need.