Plans to introduce a £30,000 salary threshold as part of a future immigration system risks a shortage of workers across the bus and coach industry.

This is the warning set out by the Confederation of Passenger Transport (CPT) in its response to Call for Evidence issued by the Migration Advisory Committee (MAC) in relation to its review of options for a new immigration system.

Under the plans, potential migrant workers would have to show that the job they were coming to do in the UK paid more than £30,000 in order to be allowed to enter the country.

This new requirement would include EU nationals, who currently are able to come and work in the UK under Union’s freedom of movement rules.

The CPT has called for bus and coach drivers to be listed on the shortage occupation list (SOL), produced by the MAC, as this would mean that applicants with the required skills would be given greater weight as happens in other sectors where labour needs cannot be met from within the UK.

It also wants the ability to speak and read English to be included as a key characteristic in the proposed points-based immigration system.

“Any future immigration policy must focus on the skills that we need, rather than arbitrary criteria such as salary thresholds,” CPT Policy Manager Alison Edwards said. “Losing workers from around the world who keep our buses moving would mean a poorer service for passengers.”

Last reviewed 20 November 2019