Review of Tier 2 entry route for health and care workforces

Review of Tier 2 entry route for health and care workforces

In January 2016, the Migration Advisory Committee (MAC), an advisory non-departmental public body, sponsored by the Home Office, published its recommendations on the Review of the Tier 2 route for skilled workers from outside the European Economic Area (EEA) who have an offer of skilled employment in the UK.

The final report follows the July 2015 MAC Call for Evidence for the 'Wider Review of Tier 2' to seek the views of and evidence from partners. The Centre for Workforce Intelligence (CfWI) was subsequently commissioned to support the Department of Health submission to the MAC to collect evidence from health and social care stakeholders.

The health and care  response, based on the input of the stakeholders, submitted to the MAC considered the impact on the wider health and social care sectors in England of any changes to the Tier 2 migration route.

The CfWI's review did not focus on individual specialties or professions but sought views on the following:

  • options to re-focus the route on areas where there are genuine skills shortages
  • how to limit the time that sectors can remain on a shortage list
  • the implementation of a levy on Tier 2 visas, to fund apprenticeships
  • restrictions on the automatic right of Tier 2 dependants to work
  • tightening up on the intra-company transfer (ICT) route, including applying the immigration health surcharge to ICTs
  • raising the minimum salary levels that migrants have to be paid.