Belfast Telegraph

Foster presses Javid on 'high' salary threshold for migrants working in Northern Ireland

DUP leader Arlene Foster with Home Secretary Sajid Javid in Belfast.
DUP leader Arlene Foster with Home Secretary Sajid Javid in Belfast.

DUP leader Arlene Foster has raised the issue of a suggested high salary threshold for migrants working in Northern Ireland when meeting with Home Secretary Sajid Javid.

Mrs Foster met with Mr Javid at Belfast's Grand Central Hotel on Thursday morning.

The Home Secretary is one of of a number of candidates vying to replace outgoing Prime Minister Theresa May.

Mr Javid said that if he is elected his number one priority will be to deliver Brexit.

The Migration Advisory Committee has recommended a salary threshold of £30,000 for skilled migrants coming to work and live in the UK after Brexit.

The DUP leader told Mr Javid that such a high threshold may not be workable in Northern Ireland, where wages are typically lower than many parts of the UK.

Mrs Foster said that the Home Secretary had agreed to "look at the issue of regional pay".

"This is a high threshold which is not reflective of the labour market in Northern Ireland or some other UK regions," the Fermanagh and South Tyrone MLA said.

"It is important that Northern Ireland has access to the skills necessary to develop our economy in the future and the Home Secretary is fully engaged on that issue.

"It was particularly appropriate that our meeting took place in the Grand Central Hotel, one of Belfast newest developments and provided Mr Javid with an opportunity to see how the skyline of Belfast is changing and the potential we have for the future."

Mrs Foster said that she also discussed Brexit with the Tory leadership hopeful.

"We discussed the importance of the four nations of the United Kingdom moving forward as one country," she said.

"Together the United Kingdom is more than just the sum of its parts and it is important that we leave the European Union in a way which benefits all parts of the UK.

"During his visit he has also heard directly from business representatives and I greatly appreciated his commitment to work with us closely in the future.”

Belfast Telegraph Digital

Popular

From Belfast Telegraph