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Migration Advisory Committee warns government over raising migrant salary thresholds

Sam Shead | Aug. 17, 2015
Businesses say it will lead to increases in the cost of their services, prevent expansion and possibly cause certain business areas to grow elsewhere in the world at the expense of the UK.

Some of the biggest businesses operating in Britain also told the MAC what they believed the impact would be if the minimum salary threshold was increased.

Tata Consultancy Services, an Indian IT services giant that employs hundreds of people in the UK, said higher salary thresholds would likely force it to cut costs by providing "off-the-shelf," rather than customised, solutions for its clients.

PwC told the MAC that increasing salary requirements would force firms to set up and expand in other parts of the world.

Chancellor George Osborne proposed a new "skills levy" on employers giving jobs to foreign workers in his emergency summer budget last month.

The MAC is expected to publish a wider review, taking into account the impact of a skills levy, in December.


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