Business

Building a Britain that is fit for the future

The ability to control immigration and secure our borders was an important part of why many people voted to leave the EU, and everyone would agree it needs to work in the best interests of the UK and our economy.

As home secretary, the son of immigrants and a former businessman, I know the vital contribution that migrants make to our country.

Ive been touring the UK with the immigration minister, listening to businesses large and small about how to make the immigration system better for industry.

Last year, I announced ambitious plans for the biggest change to our immigration system in a generation. It favours skills and talent over nationality and makes it easier for businesses to hire talent from overseas. It needs to be a system that is based on robust evidence and listens to the needs of all sectors of our economy.

This is why weve been engaging with businesses and employers across the UK to find out what this means for them. Since announcing our proposals, weve held over 100 events across the UK engaging 1,500 stakeholders. Weve also set up five advisory groups to deepen engagement between government and industry.

Its clear from these roundtables and meetings that there are many views on salary threshold levels. We always said we wanted a national conversation on salary thresholds before coming to a decision. That is why Ive asked independent experts at the Migration Advisory Committee to look further at the salary threshold question.

They will consider the mechanism for calculating future salary thresholds, the levels at which they should be set, whether their conclusions are applicable to the whole of the UK or if there is a need for greater regional variation, and the impact of exemptions to the salary threshold such as for occupations in shortage or part-time workers.

We will consider all the evidence – from economists as well as business leaders and civil society – before finalising the thresholds.

More broadly, Im confident this ambitious blueprint for a post-Brexit immigration system will be good news for British businesses.

These proposals allow business to hire talent from anywhere in the world through one single, skills-based system. This means that banks, hospitals and tech firms can access the talent and skills they need from all coRead More – Source