The RIBA has responded to today’s Government announcement on the UK points-based immigration system, for when EU freedom of movement ends.
RIBA President, Alan Jones, said:
“We do not yet know the impacts of ongoing uncertainty for UK chartered architects, but we do know that we must continue to be in a place to lead, from creating safe, healthy spaces to tackling the climate emergency. The new immigration system will have immediate impact and be in place for the long term, so it’s essential that it is right.
Whilst we broadly welcome the streamlining of an overly cumbersome process, and are delighted that the Tier 1 Global Visa will be available to architects, we have some concerns.
UK practices must be able to attract and retain global talent, especially smaller firms and those outside of London who are looking to recruit international skills. Salary thresholds, for example, must not be a barrier. The ‘new entrant’ salary discount will provide support for some, but we are concerned that the length of study for many international architects will make this benefit unobtainable, where they will be available for recently qualified graduates in other fields.
To mitigate this difference, it is crucial that architects are retained on the Shortage Occupation List, and we await a decision from the Migration Advisory Committee on this.
The RIBA will continue to work with the Government to shape a system that best supports the architectural profession, for the long term.”
Notes to editors:
1. Press contact: Emily.Stallard@riba.org or (0)20 7307 3813
2. The UK Government has established the ‘going rate’ salary for architects at £35,000. Those defined as ‘new entrants’ will have a threshold at 70% the ‘going rate’. Those applying for roles on the Shortage Occupation List must reach 80% of the ‘going rate’. For more information visit here.
3. RIBA’s report 'Powered by People: Building a Post-Brexit Immigration System for UK Architecture' available for download here.
4. The Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) is a global professional membership body that serves its members and society in order to deliver better buildings and places, stronger communities and a sustainable environment. Follow @RIBA on Twitter for regular updates.