The Home Office has recently announced changes to the Codes of Practice which apply to skilled migrants entering the UK. The amendments to the Code will come into effect on 6 April 2013. It is important that sponsoring employers understand the changes as it will affect how and when certificates of sponsorship may be assigned to overseas workers.

The most important changes are:

  • The occupational categories that overseas workers need to fall under to be granted entry clearance will be amended. Transitional arrangements will ensure that no migrant is unable to continue working in their current job as a result of the reclassification.
  • The minimum rates of pay that certain business migrants need to receive from their sponsoring employer are to be increased.
  • The “resident labour market” test will be changed with the intention of giving sponsoring employers more freedom to advertise in the media sources which they think are most likely to be successful for their industry. However, in most cases, the job will still have to be advertised via an advert on the Jobcentre Plus online service.