Angus MP Kirstene Hair has welcomed an announcement from the Home Secretary the £30,000 salary threshold for migrant workers post-Brexit is to be reviewed.
Sajid Javid has asked the independent Migration Advisory Committee (MAC) to explore if there is a case for a different approach for different parts of the UK. The MAC will also look at how future salary thresholds should be calculated and whether there should be any exceptions to those limits.
This follows calls from Scottish Conservative MPs and business leaders in Scotland for a more flexible approach north of the border.
The MAC is due to report back in January 2020 before the new UK Immigration system is phased in from January 2021.
Ms Hair has successfully campaigned for a pilot system for seasonal agricultural workers and has led calls for UK post-Brexit immigration policy to recognise the needs of different sectors of the Scottish economy.
Kirstene Hair, Scottish Conservative MP for Angus, said:
“This is a very welcome announcement, which shows that the Home Secretary has been listening.
“Along with my Scottish Conservative MP colleagues, I have engaged constructively with business leaders across Scotland since the publication of the UK Government’s white paper on immigration.
“We consistently raised concerns - in particular about the £30,000 salary threshold for skilled workers. The reality is that a one-size-fits-all approach would be damaging for the Scottish economy.
“We have been very clear that the threshold should be reviewed and that other measures should be explored to ensure the new system works for all parts of the UK.
“I look forward to hearing the findings of the Migration Advisory Committee, and I will continue to work positively on behalf of employers in Angus and across Scotland”