`Intra-company transfer workers must be paid the going rate’
8th December 2010: The Home Office has asserted that workers coming to the UK in the Tier 2 category must not be paid lesser than the resident workers.
The assertion follows reports on apprehensions being faced by the resident workers that the migrants were being preferred as they had to be paid less.
The Home Office asserted: Under an intra-company transfer, an employer can fill vacancies in its UK operations by bringing across some of its existing foreign-based staff. It has been claimed that this enables jobs in the IT and other sectors to be taken by migrants who are paid less than resident workers, but this is not true – workers coming to the UK in the Tier 2, Intra company transfer, category must be paid the going rate.
Even as the Agency has all along been asserting intra-company transfers are important for making the UK an attractive place for business, apprehensions had again surfaced among a section of British workers.
The fears followed reports that an estimated 30,000 non-EU migrant workers entered the UK through intra-company transfers in the technology sector last year. A majority of them are from India.
The reports came soon after the Home Office made it clear only the ones beneficial for the UK were being allowed to enter. It had, in fact, asserted the number of workers coming in via this route was strictly controlled by the points-based system – meaning only those the UK needs can come here.
It had added a worker seeking intra-company transfer would be required to display appropriate level of earnings and qualifications.
Immigration Minister Phil Woolas too had now defended the transfers, saying they made Britain an attractive place to do business. Workers that come in via this route most display the appropriate level of earnings and qualifications and the numbers are strictly controlled by the points-based system, meaning only those the UK needs could come here.
The reports had earlier stated that a total of 45,000 non-EU foreign workers came to Britain under the scheme last year. It was up from 15,400 when Labour came to power in 1997.
The figures released by the Home Office indicated almost 70 per cent of them were Indians. Rather, seven of the top 10 companies in UK bringing in IT workers were Indian.
The top on the list was Tata Consultancy Services. The company sponsored 4,465 intra-company transfers last year, followed by Infosys Technology with 3,030.