Tory think tank says those earning less than £37k are not skilled

So three-quarters of UK taxpayers are unskilled then.

A report by the Centre for Social Justice think tank has claimed that those earning less than £36,700 are not skilled.

The report said that the minimum income threshold for immigrants should be increased from £30k to £36,700 as this was “a level commensurate to the status of skilled”.

About three-quarters of UK taxpayers earn less than £36,700.

The report’s lead author was an unsuccesful Tory party election candidate called Patrick Spencer.

Its recommendations were put together by a working group chaired by a former banker and Boris Johnson adviser called Gerard Lyons.

The working group also included the CSJ’s founder Iain Duncan Smith, the Tory mayor of Tees Valley Ben Houchen and several business owners.

The report appears to have been funded by Deutsche Bank and by a company owned by Vote Leave donor Jeremy Woolridge, whose family are worth £150m. They are both thanked in the report’s acknowledgements.

The minimum income threshold is the amount non-EU immigrants currently have to be able to earn to come to the UK.

The CSJ report says this threshold should be extended to EU citizens after Brexit and that it should be increased.

The report qualifies this by saying that the Home Office “consider constructing a list” of jobs which are strategically important to the UK. These should be exempt from the threshold.

The report’s proposals were criticised by business groups. Edwin Morgan, interim director general at the Institute of Directors, said:

“Skills gaps are already holding businesses back. The threshold is repeatedly raised by employers as a concern, and raising the bar even higher would put another spanner in the works for firms looking to grow.”

The government has not commented on the report’s recommendations.

Under the government’s proposed post-Brexit immigration system, those earning less than the minimum income threshold will be judged on whether they are from a country with a low or high risk of “immigration abuse”.

Those from countries with a high risk of “immigration abuse” – likely to be most of Africa and South Asia – will not be allowed to move to the UK.

Those from countries with a low risk of “immigration abuse” – likely to be most of Europe, North America and East Asia – can move to the UK. However, they will only be given a visa to work for one year at a time.

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15 Responses to “Tory think tank says those earning less than £37k are not skilled”

  1. Patrick Newman

    How skilled is IDS – he is certainly paid (‘earn’ is debatable) more than £36,700 a year but would he pass a simple test he designed – to complete a full application for Universal Credit benefits – oh no! The one regret I have for ITV culling the Jeremy Kyle show is that there was a remote possibility that IDS might be dragged on it!

  2. Patrick Newman

    In negotiating trade agreements “Jonny foreigner” which will include the EU will tell the UK they won’t accept such a limit on their citizens wishing to settle in the UK and it will be dropped.

  3. Helen Blackburn

    I have over 30 years experience as a registered nurse. I’m also educated to Masters degree level, but this shower of Tory twits thinks I’m unskilled?

  4. Ralph Baxter

    Kate thats really interesting. barely 1 year out from retiring at the end of (the main plank) of your working and you negotiated and accepted pay of £30,000 at your annual review. A brand new person starts the role at £40,000. Nice to see skilled people like you willing and able to meet your life goals on average wages. I am sure you left the new guy in a position to drive the position and role forward other their 50 year tenure….

  5. Ralph Baxter

    8 years worth of inflation on 30,000 a year is about £7,000, so this this report argues that the rate today should be the same as just after the current government came in? I don’t see anything about that that merits any comment or argument.

    “The report qualifies this by saying that the Home Office “consider constructing a list” of jobs which are strategically important to the UK. These should be exempt from the threshold.” This does however… I read the current list 5 or 6 years ago. Back then it was 4 A4 pages of incrediably closely defined job titles. If this report is arguing that the list be a actual active tool guided by careful decisonmakers rather than a tick box exercise than I would support that

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