Today the UK Border Agency has published a “Statement of Intent”, to help employers prepare for changes to the Points-Based System. The Statement announces changes to the Codes of Practice for skilled migrant workers from outside the European Economic Area (EEA). These will come into effect on 6 April 2013 and will also affect the timing of the applications for restricted certificates of sponsorship in March and April.
The changes include:
• Changes to the lists of skilled occupations: Updating the skills lists and levels from the Standard Occupational Classification 2000 system to reflect the new Standard Occupational Classification 2010 system.
• Changes to salary requirements: Increasing the minimum appropriate rates for skilled workers in each occupation and overall salary thresholds which apply across Tier 2 in line with wage inflation.
• Changes to the way the resident labour market test (RLMT) is conducted: Replacing the current lists of specific publications and websites where vacancies can be advertised with a set of criteria for identifying suitable media in which to advertise.