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Meeting the Salary Threshold for Skilled Workers

Skilled worker salary threshold

We understand that the UK Immigration Rules are ever-changing and staying compliant is paramount for businesses. One critical aspect for corporate clients seeking skilled workers is meeting the salary threshold.

Understanding the salary threshold for skilled workers

In the ever-expanding global marketplace, companies seek top-tier talent from around the world. To achieve this, your prospective employees must meet the salary threshold as set out in the Immigration Rules.

General salary threshold 

The salary threshold varies based on the occupation and is determined by the Standard Occupational Classification (SOC) code. It is crucial to check the most up-to-date salary requirements for the specific job role to ensure compliance.

From 4 April 2024, for candidates who are new to the Skilled Worker visa system the minimum salary on the Skilled Worker route must be the highest of the following three levels: 

  • £38,700 per year;
  • £15.88 per hour;
  • The ‘going rate’ for the appropriate SOC code of the identified role.

For candidates who held a Skilled Worker visa prior to 4 April 2024, the minimum salary on the Skilled Worker route must be the highest of the following three levels:

  • £29,000 per year;
  • £11.90 per hour;
  • the 'going rate' for the appropriate SOC code of the identified role.

The working hours must be considered when calculating the salary requirement, as the above thresholds are based on a 37.5 hour working week. If the employee has a different working pattern, then the going rate has to be pro-rated according to the working patterns. Our immigration specialists can advise your business on how to meet this requirement.   

Exceptions to the salary threshold 

There are reductions to the general and going rate salary thresholds that are worth keeping in mind, where the salary paid can be below general requirements. 

The most notable exceptions are as follows:

Health and education roles: there are different salary requirements for health and education roles. We can advise your business further on these requirements and who is eligible.

Shortage occupation: if the relevant role is on the Immigration Salary List, then the general threshold is reduced to £30,960 gross per annum but there is no reduction on the going rate.

New entrant: this includes candidates who are under the age of 26 years old and those who are switching from a Student or Graduate visa. New entrants benefit from a reduction in the general threshold and the going rate for the relevant role.

Our immigration specialists can provide you with tailored advice on who is classified as a new entrant. 

Contact us today for tailored immigration solutions

When it comes to securing talent through the Skilled Worker route, you need a legal partner that understands the unique needs of your business. Freeths LLP is committed to ensuring you have the knowledge and resources necessary to meet the salary threshold for skilled workers.

Contact us today to discuss your immigration requirements, and let our legal expertise empower your business to thrive in the global marketplace. We are here to support your journey to achieving your business goals while staying compliant with immigration regulations.

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