A quarter of all the non-EU workers currently living and working in the UK with the tier 2 work permit earn less than the new £30,000 salary threshold according to recent data. Some experts have suggested that this could mean that the post-Brexit scheme for the UK work permit may be more flexible than businesses fear.
The data presented by the Home Office after a freedom of information request found that 25% of the non-EU citizens using a tier 2 work permit today are getting less than the salary cap in 2018. The Migration Observatory - an Oxford University think tank suggests that the number of exemptions may be a positive thing for the UK visas of the future. Although there's officially only one salary threshold in the UK today, there are different thresholds covering former students, younger applicants, and NHS staff to consider too.
Following the findings from the latest research, the UK work permit thinktank also said that the government's white paper on migration that came out last year didn't indicate that future migration systems would be any less flexible. This could present some relief to the countless businesses that have expressed concern about the £30,000 tier 2 work permit threshold in the past. Clearly, the evidence shows that there has been a fair amount of flexibility from the Immigration UK office to allow exemptions for some workers.
Despite the flexibility of the UK visas shown in the recent report, some people still say that the current system is restrictive. Some think tanks still believe that changes to immigration in the UK will make it harder for businesses to look outside of Britain for the staff and skills they need. Groups are still demanding that policymakers responsible for the UK work permit recognise the needs of the changing job market and allow British employers more access to workers from around the world.