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Unpacking the Migration Crackdown and Its Broad Impacts

A “five-point plan” to reduce net migration starting in the spring of 2024 was unveiled by the UK Home Secretary on Monday, December 4, 2023. The projected outcome of his suggested plan is a 300,000 annual decline in net migration. 

This objective of prioritizing the growth of the domestic workforce is reflected in the announcements made by the administration. Sponsor employers should be aware of the substantial changes, even though the specifics are still being worked out. Major alterations consist of:

  • The Commission for Care Quality is in charge of overseeing care facilities to ensure that only respectable businesses employ caretakers.
  • An individual providing care cannot bring dependents into the UK under the terms of the Health and Care Worker visa. An important worry for an industry that currently has trouble filling positions is that this would discourage such workers from coming to the UK.
  • For skilled worker visas, the general wage requirement will increase from £26,200 to £38,700. The hospitality, retail, and construction industries are likely to be significantly impacted by this. To evaluate the potential impact of this modification on other groups, including graduate students, we are awaiting further information. Because of this, the system is concentrated on higher-paying, more skilled positions, even if there are constant shortages of them in the UK. Talent shortages for those industries suffering after Brexit are probably going to get worse as a result of this move.

Additional read: How can Britain overcome the skilled worker shortage post-Brexit?

  • Ceasing the ‘going rate’ compensation deduction of twenty percent for jobs included on the Shortage Occupation List (“SOL”). Fewer firms and candidates will profit from the cost savings connected with SOL skilled worker visa applications as it is anticipated that the SOL will contract in its new form as an Immigration Salary List.
  • Reviewing the Graduate visa route to make sure it serves the UK’s interests and that precautions are being taken against abuse is what the Migration Advisory Committee will be asked to do. Most graduates use this visa as a transitional document before applying for a skilled worker visa. For the purpose of giving the employee time to obtain a sponsor license or to advance to a pay level where they are eligible for a skilled worker visa, some businesses will rely on this.
  • The minimum annual salary required for UK individuals looking to sponsor dependents, who are foreign nationals under Appendix FM is £38,700,this is an increase of more than 100% from the present minimum salary of £18,600. For individuals who qualify under this immigration option, this unexpected announcement is likely to have a major effect.

The crackdown on migration has far-reaching impacts, affecting not only individuals and families but also businesses and the economy as a whole. However, it is important to remember that there are still options available for those seeking to work and live in foreign countries. 

At Dynamic Staffing Services, we understand the challenges associated with international recruitment and can provide end-to-end support to both companies and individuals seeking to navigate this complex process. 

With our expertise in visa processing, documentation, and cultural training, we can help ensure a smoother transition and successful integration into a new working environment. Contact us today at +44-7477196844 or email enquiry@dss-hr.co.uk to learn more about how we can help.

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Headquartered in Dubai, with offices in 13 countries spread across UK, Europe, Middle East and South Asia, Dynamic Staffing Services is an industry leader within its niche space of international recruitment. Over the last 45 years, DSS has successfully places over 450 000 candidates in the engineering, healthcare, hospitality, IT and manufacturing sector. Please visit us as www.dss-hr.com to learn more about us. We pride ourselves in being an ethical recruitment services provider following the most stringiest regulations towards code of conduct. We recruit talent from Eastern Europe, India, Philippines, Vietnam, Indonesia, Africa, Egypt, Bhutan, Nepal, Bangladesh, Malaysia among other nationalities and place them into 24+ countries. Each year we give jobs to about 12 000 candidates.

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