Research and analysis

Analysis of the points-based system: Tier 2 and dependants

Analysis of the points-based system for Tier 2 and dependants by the Migration Advisory Committee.


Migration Advisory Committee: PBS analysis 09/08/09

This file may not be suitable for users of assistive technology. Request an accessible format.

If you use assistive technology (such as a screen reader) and need a version of this document in a more accessible format, please email Please tell us what format you need. It will help us if you say what assistive technology you use.


This report documents the Migration Advisory Committee’s response to questions from the Home Secretary about:

  • the economic case for restricting Tier 2 to shortage occupations only
  • the assessment of economic contribution made by the dependants of points-based system migrants and their role in the labour market
Published 1 August 2009