The Migration Points Based System and the UK Video Games Industry. The free movement of people from the EU will end on 1st January 2021.
TIGA, the trade association representing the UK video games industry, said today that it welcomed the Government’s intention to expand the skilled based migration route by reducing the salary threshold from £30,000 to £25,600 and reducing the qualification threshold from a degree to A levels and equivalent qualifications. TIGA made the comments following the Government’s publication of its plans for a migration points based system.
The Government’s migration points based system involves the following key features:
A White Paper detailing planned legislation on immigration is scheduled for March 2020. The new rules will take effect from January 2021. The plans published today reflect many of the proposals made by the Migration Advisory Committee, an organization with which TIGA has supplied detailed evidence about the video games industry for a number of years. More details on the Government’s migration plans can be found here.
Dr Richard Wilson OBE, TIGA CEO, said:
“The UK video games industry is a high skills, high technology, export focused sector. 75 per cent of our current workforce are from the UK, 20 per cent from the EU and 5 per cent from the rest of the world. While our sector already invests in skills and training, if our sector is to continue to grow, expand and succeed, then we need to be able to access highly skilled people from overseas.
“TIGA welcomes the Government’s intention to expand the skilled based migration route by reducing the salary threshold from £30,000 to £25,600 and reducing the qualification threshold from a degree to A levels and equivalent qualifications. However, some UK games businesses employ skilled overseas workers in shortage occupations on salaries lower than the planned £25,600 threshold. It will be important for some employers in these situations to be able to ‘trade’ criteria such as their specific job offer and qualifications against a lower salary.
“TIGA strongly supports the plan to allow overseas graduates to be able to work for up to two years in the UK after they complete their degrees. This will be good for graduates, universities, employers and the UK economy.”
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