Factsheet: £30,000 salary threshold for visas would be detrimental for research and innovation

28 May 2019

This explainer shows how the proposed £30,000 salary threshold for a skilled worker visa might impact on UK research and innovation by limiting the recruitment of certain key staff members.

The UK’s research and innovation workforce comprises people with a wide range of skills. This includes established researchers with considerable experience and those at earlier stages of their career, entrepreneurs and innovators, project managers and technicians.

The workforce is also supported by specialists who teach future researchers and innovators the skills that they need to succeed. All of these people are important for a successful research and innovation system and many of them are overseas nationals. The UK will need a larger research and innovation workforce to deliver its ambitions over the coming years.

It is important that the future immigration system supports the necessary efforts to expand this workforce, including the recruitment and retention of talented people from overseas for study and work.