US News Home office floats £1,000 levy on recruiting EU workers

17:10  11 january  2017
17:10  11 january  2017 Source:   MSN

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  Home office floats £1,000 levy on recruiting EU workers © Provided by CityAM

Employers could face a £1,000 charge for every EU worker they recruit under plans being considered by the Home Office.

Immigration minister Robert Goodwill revealed the shocking plans earlier today in a House of Lords subcommittee looking at post-Brexit migration rules.

Goodwill claimed the charge would "be helpful to British workers who feel they are overlooked".

"In April this year we are also bringing in the immigration skills charge for non-EEA skilled workers. If you want to recruit an Indian computer programmer on a four year contract on top of the existing visa charges and the resident labour market test there will be £1,000 per year," Goodwill told peers.

"So for a four-year contract that employer will need to pay a £4,000 immigration skills charge. That is something that currently applies to non-EU and it has been suggested to us that it could be applied to EU."

The Home Office has been contacted for comment.

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