British firms hiring non-EU workforce will face £1,000 surcharge

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London, Jan 22: Firms in the United Kingdom wanting to hire non-European Union (EU) nationals will have to pay a surcharge of £1,000 per employee every year.

Britain’s Migration Advisory Commission (MAC) reportedly gave the example of the Indian IT sector to place restrictions on transferring employees to Britain via the Intra-Transfer Company (ICT) route.

Indian companies such as Tata Consultancy Services, Wipro and Infosys are most likely to be affected by the changes in the work-related Tier-2 visa.

The committee also recommended increasing the salary threshold of British employers who wanted to hire non-EU workforce.

“Immigration is not serving to increase the incentives to employers to train and up skill the UK workforce. Ready access to a pool of skilled IT professionals in India is an example of this. We do not see any substantive evidence of long-standing reciprocal arrangements whereby UK staff is given the opportunity to gain skill, training and expertise in India,” the MAC report was quoted as saying by Press Trust of India in its findings.

The new surcharge would be applicable for a three-year visa period, which means £1,000 would be charged every year. Increasing the cost of hiring foreign workforce would encourage British employers to invest more in training UK workers.

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