Home Office Asked to Hike Tier 2 Work Permit Earnings Cap

17 Aug 2019 | Carl Thomas

New proposals have been put forward to the Home Office this month by the right-leaning think tank, the Centre for Social Justice (CSJ), asking for the tier 2 work permit earning cap to be increased. According to the CSJ, the Home Office should be raising the current 30k threshold by 35% after Brexit, meaning that those seeking a UK work permit would need to earn at least £36,700 per year.

The CSJ, founded by Iain Duncan Smith believes that a hike on the cap is necessary after record levels of low-skilled migrants in the UK have begun to push wages down for people born in the UK, according to a right-wing report. The study also says that the population of the UK has grown by over 10 million people in the last 50 years. 60% of that growth is attributed to immigration.

The CSJ claims that 2 thirds of the public think that current immigration levels are too high, and that a higher cap on the tier 2 work permit would help to tackle this problem. This report comes soon after Priti Patel, the new Home Secretary, entered the government, claiming that she would restore "integrity" to the immigration system.

The demands by the CSJ are also coming at a time when new Prime Minister Boris Johnson is saying that he will be reforming UK visas to support helping the brightest minds in the world to enter the country after Brexit.

Though the demands made by the Centre for Social Justice have already lead to some controversy, the group have claimed that they're not trying to stop skilled people from entering the UK altogether.

The request issued by the CSJ asks for critical sectors like the NHS to be exempt from the required tier 2 work permit wage gap, to ensure that crucial employees will still be allowed into the country.