Spring next to see MAC’s tier 2 advice in force

In all 16 recommendations had been made

25th November 2009: After accepting the recommendations made by the Migration Advisory Committee (MAC) to tighten up the rules controlling jobs for skilled workers in the UK under the government’s points-based system, the government today said the remaining changes would be implemented by spring.

The Border Agency, in fact, said the changes to Tier 2 recommended by the MAC would be implemented in spring 2010.

A total of 16 recommendations were put forward by the MAC, all of which will now be put in place to ensure that the points-based system does more to support United Kingdom workers, while continuing to facilitate the trade, travel, and study that benefits the United Kingdom.

The declaration came along with the assertion that British workers would now get more time to apply for skilled vacancies.

The Home Office had earlier also made it clear that the raft of new measures would ensure resident workers have every opportunity to fill vacancies before they are offered to workers abroad. The measures were announced by Home Secretary Alan Johnson, who said the introduction of the points-based system has radically improved their ability to respond quickly to changing economic circumstances.

The government had also asserted it would extend the qualifying period for all those overseas workers who want to transfer to work at their company’s United Kingdom base. This meant that they would need to have worked for their firm for at least a year – rather than six months as at present – before they can transfer here.

Additionally, the minimum salary that would allow an individual to qualify as a skilled worker and be eligible to work in the United Kingdom would rise, from £17,000 to £20,000.


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