The UK National Academies have united to oppose the suggested £30,000 salary threshold for a skilled worker visa, stating that it would be detrimental for research and innovation. Their explainer shows how the proposed threshold might impact on UK research and innovation by limiting the recruitment of certain key staff members.

The UK’s research and innovation workforce comprises people with a wide range of skills. This includes established researchers with considerable experience and those at earlier stages of their career, entrepreneurs and innovators, project managers and technicians. All of these people are important for a successful research and innovation system and many of them are overseas nationals.

The UK will need a larger research and innovation workforce to deliver its ambitions over the coming years. It is important that the future immigration system supports the necessary efforts to expand this workforce, including the recruitment and retention of talented people from overseas for study and work.

The UK National Academies have also updated their annual investment in R&D explainer which sets out the makeup of UK investment in R&D. The latest stats (for 2017) show that investment in UK R&D totalled 1.69% GDP with the private non-profit sector (which includes medical research charities) contributing 0.09% (up from 0.08%).

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