Scottish Universities and Brexit Costs

05 February, 2017

Scottish universities will be left facing a multimillion pound bill if the UK Government presses ahead with plans to charge a levy to organisations hiring EU workers following Brexit, according to an analysis of staff figures.

Official statistics show that universities in Scotland employ almost 4,600 staff who are non-UK EU nationals, meaning they would have to pay £4.6m in tax if plans to charge a levy of £1,000 per worker go ahead.

The idea was floated earlier in January by UK Immigration Minister Robert Goodwill, who told peers that such a levy may be “helpful” to British workers who felt they were being overlooked in favour of migrants.

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The logo on this story is thanks to The Migration Observatory at the University of Oxford