Ukie submission on skilled immigration rules
The government recently asked the Migration Advisory Committee, a semi-independent board of experts, to come up with ways to reduce skilled immigration into the UK. They are holding a consultation over the summer, which Ukie will be fully engaged in. They were also asked to give some initial thoughts on whether the salary thresholds for tier 2 visas (those for skilled immigrants) should be raised, and what impact this would have.
They issued a call for evidence, which we asked for your thoughts on. Thanks to that input, Ukie have now responded to the MAC. You can read our submission in full here. In short, we made the following points:
- Education reforms to promote home-grown digital and creative skills will take at least a decade to bear fruit, and even longer for graduates to gain needed professional experience.
- Ukie members are concerned that the proposed increase in salary thresholds would be counter to the aims of the government to grow the UK games industry by limiting the ability of companies to recruit games designers and staff capable of leading projects.
- The proposal is not aligned with the objectives of the Video Games Tax Relief to encourage growth and investment.