The government has commissioned the Migration Advisory Committee (MAC) to review Tier 2 with a view to making recommendations about reducing migration to the UK. Whilst indications are that there will be no movement to increase the annual Tier 2 General cap of 20,700, we understand that the government will continue to keep this under review, given the fact that the monthly limit has already been breached in June. This has resulted in a large number of firms in the legal, accounting, investment banking, architecture, IT and healthcare sectors failing to obtain Restricted Certificate of Sponsorship for their potential recruits.

Kingsley Napley will be preparing our submission to the MAC’s initial consultation in respect of all Tier 2 minimum salary thresholds by 3 July 2015. We want to ensure that our clients’ views and needs are included within our submission, so with this survey on the specific questions asked by the MAC, we are kindly seeking your views. It is important that your views are heard, so please provide as much detail as possible where relevant.

Please feel free to skip questions that may not apply to your organisation,

Thank you in advance for your feedback. Your participation is greatly appreciated.

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1. How do the existing salary thresholds for Tier 2 compare to, and impact on, your overall wage structure and why?

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2. Do you need to pay more to your Tier 2 migrants because the minimum salary figure is higher than you would normally pay to an appropriately qualified UK resident worker?

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3. What are your reasons for employing Tier 2 migrant workers?

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4. What types of jobs and occupations are done by highly-specialised and/or highly skilled experts within your organisation?

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5. What is the current market rate for each of these highly specialised/skilled roles and which evidence do you use to arrive at the appropriate market rate for these roles?

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6. Does your company have an overarching governing body which publishes recommended salary bands?

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7. Is pay a good proxy for this high level of specialisation/skill?

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8. What would the impact be on your business if the minimum salary thresholds were to be increased to a point where you would be unable to employ Tier 2 migrants for more junior roles?

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9. Does your organisation employ Tier 2 migrants for roles which are skilled to NQF level 4 (equivalent to HNC, BTEC level 4)?

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10. What would the impact on your business be if the minimum salary threshold for your Tier 2 new graduate hires was to be increased from the 10th to the 25th percentile as proposed in the consultation?

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11. Do you find that the current minimum salary threshold for new graduate hires is about right for your business?

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12. What would the impact on your business be if the minimum salary for your more experienced Tier 2 migrants was to be increased from the 25th percentile to the 50th or 75th percentile?

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13. As an employer, what would the impact be of significantly increasing the Tier 2 minimum thresholds on:

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Hiring migrant workers from outside the EU
Hiring migrant workers from within the EU
Hiring UK resident workers

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14. Are there additional national pay scales or sources of salary data that should be used to set the thresholds?

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15. What other appropriate measures would you like to see for determining the minimum salary thresholds?

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16. Should the minimum salary thresholds take account of variations in regional pay?

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17. Which proportion of your organisation's workforce is made up of Tier 2 migrants?

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18. Would you like to receive a copy of Kingsley Napley's submission report to the MAC?

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19. Your details (optional)

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20. We may include identified trends and extracts from the survey in our response to the MAC consultation. Please indicate whether we may include any comments you have shared in this survey

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