The Migration Advisory Committee (MAC) has issued a Call for Evidence, seeking views from stakeholders to help inform the MAC’s review of the salary threshold and merits of a points-based system (PBS) for immigration. The Call for Evidence follows the Government’s request that the MAC carry out an in depth analysis of potential future salary thresholds and an earlier request to review how an Australian-style points-based (PBS) immigration system could be introduced in Britain to strengthen the UK labour market.
Earlier this year the Government commissioned the MAC to carry out a full review of the Shortage Occupation List (SOL), following which, the MAC recommended expanding the number occupations on the SOL, including retaining and adding a number of games-related roles. The Government has subsequently accepted these recommendations.
The MAC are now considering how points could be awarded to prospective migrants for different attributes, such as educational qualifications, language proficiency, work experience and willingness to work in areas or sectors with a shortage of workers. The salary thresholds will also be considered in the context of this immigration system.