What salary does a sponsor have to pay a skilled worker?
In order for a skilled worker to be eligible for the Skilled Worker visa, they must show that they will be earning the required level of income.
According to the Immigration rules, a skilled worker will need to be paid at least the minimum salary for the type of work they will be doing. This should include whichever is the highest out of the following three options:
- An annual salary of £25,600
- £10.10 per hour
- The “going rate” for the type of work under the occupation code
What is the “going rate”?
Each eligible job has its own occupational code. Every occupational code has a “going rate” of pay for that role which is the amount that the Home Office deems a suitable salary for the skill. On the list of going rates for eligible occupation codes, it outlines the annual going rate for the job along with the hourly going rate.
When can an employee be paid less?
An employee may still be eligible for a visa if the salary is less than £25, 600 or the usual going rate for the job, however employees must still be paid £10.10 per hour.
You can be paid between 70% – 90% of the salary of the usual going rate for a job providing your salary is at least £20,480 annually and you meet one of the following:
- your job is in a shortage occupation- refer to the shortage occupation list
- you’re under 26, studying or a recent graduate, or in professional training
- you have a science, technology, engineering or maths (STEM) PhD level qualification that’s relevant to your job (if you have a relevant PhD level qualification in any other subject your salary must be at least £23,040)
- you have a postdoctoral position in science or higher education
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