Hopes for level playing field for UK IT workers fading after U-turn on immigrant worker pay

Last month I blogged the news that the government was raising the minimum salaries that immigrant IT workers in many roles have to be paid to be allowed to stay in the UK.

Some of these rises, which were due to kick in today (06 April), were significant and were welcomed by IT workers who feel they cannot compete with overseas workers on price.

But these new figures were only published briefly before being pulled because of “errors.”

Steve Lamb, regional operations manager at the UK Border Agency said: at the time: “We have been alerted to errors in two of the recently published Codes of Practice and these are now being corrected. In the meantime, the previous codes have been reinstated onto our website.”

Here are some examples of the increases to salaries that were published on March 01 which were planned for 2011, but then removed.

-Senior Systems Administrator increased 47%
-Software Engineer increased 22%
-Senior Software Engineer increased 29%

It now appears that the UKBA has reverted to the 2008 figures. 

Here are two examples of the U-Turn.

1 – The minimum salary that had to be paid to an IT or IS director coming to work in the UK was £83,200 a year in 2010. The updated figures for 2011 published at the beginning of March said this role should receive at least £92,628, which is about an 11% increase. But these new figure were pulled within days ands figures now published and coming show the role minimum salary to be £83,200 again.

2 – Minimum pay for a computer services manager leapt from £43,600 in 2010 to £53,516 at the beginning of March only to revert to £43,600 now.

The list goes on. But don’t trust me, see it for yourself.

Click old and latest.pdf  for the salaries that immigrant workers should be paid from today and click newbutpulled.pdf to see the minimum salaries announced at the beginning of March, which were later pulled.