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Treasury balks at £1,000 levy for non-EU workers

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The Treasury is reportedly pushing back on a plan to charge British companies £1,000 a year for every skilled worker they hire from outside the EU. The levy for foreign skilled workers, which would raise an estimated £250m a year from employers, was mooted in January as part of a plan to reform immigration. Sir David Metcalf, Chairman of the migration advisory committee that drafted the proposals, also called for higher minimum salaries and a cut in the number of foreign IT contractors. But sources say Treasury ministers are concerned that the proposals will impose an extra burden on business at a time when the economic outlook is uncertain. The business department is said to have backed the £1,000 levy, but secured exemptions for small businesses and entrepreneurs.

 

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