The Federation's response to the Migration Advisory Committee's (MAC) review

January 28, 2020

Responding to the Migration Advisory Committee’s review of salary thresholds and a points-based system, the Creative Industries Federation’s Director of Policy and Programmes, Caroline Julian, said:

“It is good to see continued recognition of creative skills alongside STEM as a ‘priority area’ for exceptional talent, but we urge that equal priority is also applied across the UK’s skilled and temporary routes.

Although the proposed reduction in the salary threshold is a step in the right direction, it is still above important skilled creative roles, such as arts festival producers (starting at £24,000), VFX artists (starting at £24,000), and company dancers (starting at £21,000). In the creative industries, high skill levels do not always equate to high salaries.

Given the unique nature of our sector - the high volume of freelancers, micro businesses, and performance and project-based work - it is vital that any points-based system is both shaped by and tailored to the creative industries, in all parts of the UK, rather than taking a “one-size-fits-all” approach. We call on government to engage closely with industry as it evolves the new system.”

This report from the Migration Advisory Committee (MAC) follows on from their consultation with employers and industry representative bodies last October on whether changes should be made to the salary threshold and what shape a future points-based system could take. The Federation responded to this consultation and our submitted response on the changes that should be made to the existing Tier 2 visa route can be read here.  

Our position papers on the future of the UK’s immigration system are available on request from policy and public affairs manager, Hari Prabu, at If you’re a member and would like to get involved with our work on global talent, contact Hari to find out how. 

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