Published 18 March 2019 comments Comments Share close Share page Copy link About sharing Related Topics Brexit A proposed post-Brexit salary threshold for migrants would hit Wales harder than the rest of the UK, a leading economist has warned. Prof Jonathan Portes said the possible hit to the manufacturing sector was “of particular concern”. A UK government consultation includes a minimum £30,000 salary for skilled migrants seeking five-year visas. The Home Office said it would allow the UK to attract talented workers and deliver on the referendum result. One boss in mid Wales said his company employs 30% of its staff from EU countries, adding that there are not enough people locally to fill vacancies. Prof Portes, a professor of economics at King’s College London, was asked by the Welsh Government to consider the possible impact. “That will hit Wales somewhat harder than the rest of the country,” he said. “Migrants from the EU are not just people who work on farms, quite a large proportion work in manufacturing. “Although average full-time earnings for the UK as a whole are not far off £30,000, in Wales they’re significantly below £30,000.” Travelodge targets parents for Brexit gap EU migrants ‘11% of… Read full this story
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