MAC report on its review of balancing migrant selectivity, investment in skills and impacts on UK productivity and competitiveness for Tier 2.
On 10 June 2015, the government commissioned the MAC to review Tier 2 of the points-based system to address concerns about the rising number of migrants in that route and reliance on them to fill shortages.
The commission asked the MAC to look at:
- options to re-focus the route to genuine skills shortages and highly specialist experts
- how to limit the time that sectors can remain on a shortage list
- the implementation of a levy on Tier 2 visas, to fund apprenticeships
- tightening up on the intra-company transfer route, including applying the immigration health surcharge to intra-company transfers
- restrictions on the automatic right of Tier 2 dependants to work
- raising the minimum salary levels that migrants have to be paid
You can read about the review in the full report, executive summary and press release from the MAC.