Today, a raft of new measures on immigration and skills come into force which will impact games companies across the country.
The Migration Advisory Committee (MAC), an expert panel of government advisers, has published its recommendations on reducing skilled immigration, following a review held last year. It has recommended relatively modest changes to the immigration system.
New Apprenticeship Levies and the Games Industry
Improving the number of apprenticeships in British industry is a top priority for the new government, which has set a demanding target of 3 million new apprenticeships over the next Parliament - a target which will be overseen by an specific implementation committee at the Cabinet Office.
To fund this the government proposes a new levy - a mandatory payment by businesses into a common pot which is then used to pay for shared benefits, such as in-work training and apprenticeships.
Parliament may be in recess but there are plenty of policy consultations that we’re responding to that will have an impact on UK games businesses.
If you’ve got thoughts on any of the below please let Andy know.
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.
New government's programme announced
Action on red tape, immigration, childcare and personal taxation has been announced today in the Queen’s Speech.
The speech, which marked the formal opening of the new Parliament and sets out the new Conservative government’s agenda for the next year, included some fundamental reforms that will affect all UK businesses, including those in the games industry.