We note the Migration Advisory Committee have already announced their decision to recommend the shortage occupation list (SOL) salary threshold discount should be abolished for those occupations that are subject to a binding going rate. This will have the effect of removing teachers from the SOL.
Whilst the financial benefits for teachers of remaining on the SOL may seem marginal (reduced visa fees for them and family members) the removal may become a barrier for some recruits. In addition, and perhaps more importantly, we are concerned that the symbolic importance of removing teachers from the SOL has not been economically accounted for.
As international recruitment of teachers remains a small but important part of the Department for Education’s strategy for tackling the current recruitment and retention crisis we are concerned that the removal of teaching from the SOL sends the wrong message and back their calls for their continued inclusion.
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