NHS Employers submission to Migration Advisory Committee

28 / 10 / 2019

Read our response to the Migration Advisory Committee's (MAC) call for evidence on potential future salary thresholds and an Australian style points-based system. This was submitted on behalf of employers on 25 October following engagement with colleagues across the NHS, social care and government.

The response covers a number of key points around the proposed £30,000 threshold, the £35,800 five year settlement threshold, and the effect the proposed system may have on existing workforce shortages across the NHS and social care.

It also makes the following suggestions for a future system:

  • using the nationally agreed NHS pay scales within the four UK countries to determine the salary requirement for entry and settlement in the UK
  • acknowledging the social value of roles and applying these to a skill-based or points-based immigration system
  • using a mechanism to recognise labour shortages, which exempts health and social care from a salary and qualifications criteria (this may involve a labour needs list or an additional allocation of points on a shortage occupation list).
Employers are encouraged to submit their own response to the call for evidence and are welcome to use our content as part of their submission.

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