UK immigration cap pushing up salaries

02 Mar 2011 | Posted by Carl Thomas

The UK immigration laws are resulting in higher salaries for overseas IT workers, it has been suggested.

A recent article in Computer Weekly remarked upon the fact that IT workers from offshore locations have seen their minimum wages increase, which could possibly put employers off hiring overseas employees.

Indeed, the minimum salary for an IT or IS director from abroad but working in the UK in 2010 stood at £83,200. Since then, there has been an 11 per cent increase to £92,628, the news source reported.

Furthermore, the minimum pay for a computer services manager rose by over £10,000, while a software manager or a programme manager can now expect to be paid at least £57,837 compared to £40,500 in 2010.

A number of lower-paid positions were also shown to have risen substantially. Computer Weekly suggested that this could be to push the roles over the government's £40,000 minimum salary for Tier 2 work permits.

The article comes after a survey from the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development found that 43 per cent of employers are struggling to fill vacancies with candidates from within the UK or the EU.

Around 15 per cent of companies questioned said that they were looking to recruit non-EU migrant workers for IT positions.