Call for evidence launched on salary threshold and points based system

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The Migration Advisory Committee (MAC) is seeking stakeholder views to inform the Home Office review of the salary threshold and points-based system.

On 3 September, the MAC was commissioned to look at the Australian points-based style immigration system and how a similar approach could work in the UK.

The MAC is currently seeking information on:

  • domestic and overseas recruitment over the last five years
  • projected domestic and overseas recruitment over the next 12 months
  • use of the Tier 2 (General) visa system
  • salary information relating to Tier 2
  • impact of the salary thresholds
  • Tier 2 sponsored employees settling in the UK
  • roles classed in shortage and salary thresholds
  • criteria for meeting a threshold
  • recruitment and salary thresholds (with recommended use of the Office for National Statistics Occupation Coding Tool)
  • most recruited to occupations from overseas
  • relevance of characteristics when awarding points to migrants.


In June 2019, the government asked the MAC to carry out an in-depth analysis of salary thresholds and the level of which they could be set. This followed the government partially accepting the MAC salary threshold recommendations in the publication of the UK’s future skills-based immigration system white paper, where it was agreed to make Tier 2 (General) open to RQF 3 and above. MAC is now considering all job titles from RQF 3 and above to determine the appropriate level of salary thresholds.

Next steps and how to submit your response

The full call for evidence consultation document and online response forms can be accessed on the GOV.UK website.

We will be engaging with employers to inform our response to the MAC.

We would also urge employers to share local evidence directly. Responses must be submitted via the individual organisations online form by 9am on 5 November 2019. If you wish to share any views directly with us, please email    

For further information on international recruitment, please visit our dedicated web pages.

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