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HBAA responds to PM’s removal of £30k minimum salary for migrants

Boris Johnson has announced that today (22 January) he will remove the proposed £30,000 minimum salary for migrant workers after Brexit.

In opposition to Theresa May, Johnson aims to follow an Australian style points system. This system would rate individuals who want to move to the UK based on their skills, experience, qualifications, ability to speak English and whether they were willing to work in areas where there are shortages of labour.

Lex Butler, chair, HBAA (pictured below) said: “The Prime Minister’s rethink on the £30,000 minimum salary threshold for migrants is being welcomed by the hospitality and events sector. Otherwise many thousands of highly trained and skilled workers from the EU and the rest of the world would not be able to come to work here.”

 

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Butler continued: “Too often the fact that staff are relatively low paid is immediately equated with low-skilled. In this industry many staff with high levels of responsibility and skill would not pass this test.”

Butler highlighted that HBAA completed a Brexit survey last year and its results showed that “18.7% of HBAA members, who are hotels and conference venues and agencies, said that Brexit has had a major impact on their ability to recruit staff.”

She concluded that: “The industry is working hard to recruit more young people to build careers in this industry but, in the near future, we shall not be able to replace all the migrant workers. Unless this minimum salary barrier is removed, the UK will struggle to maintain its position as a world-class destination for business and leisure tourism.”