Skilled Worker Visa Going Rate

skilled worker visa going rate


One of the eligibility requirements under the Skilled Worker Visa route is that the role being recruited for pays the worker at least the relevant minimum salary threshold.

Under the current rules, the minimum threshold for most skilled workers is £26,200 per year, unless the ‘going rate’ for the particular role is higher. From Spring 2024, the minimum level for skilled worker visa is increasing to £38,700.

Each job eligible for the Skilled Worker visa is assigned a going rate. You can search the list of eligible occupations below by their occupational code (SOC) to identify the relevant going rate for the job and ensure the salary on offer is the same as or above the threshold.

The going rate is set based on a 39-hour working week. Depending on the visa applicant’s working hours, it may require a pro rata calculation to determine the correct level of salary to be recorded on the Certificate of Sponsorship and relied on for the visa application. The applicable rate must be calculated by the hour and not just annually. Minimum pay can be no less than £10.75 per hour, even if the annual salary is above the required level.


Skilled worker visa going rate for eligible roles

Occupation code Job type Related job titles Annual going rate
1115 Chief executives and senior officials Chief executive
Chief medical officer
Civil servant (grade 5 and above)
Vice president
£59,300 (£30.41 per hour)
1121 Production managers and directors in manufacturing Engineering manager
Managing director (engineering)
Operations manager (manufacturing)
Production manager
£35,000 (£17.95 per hour)
1122 Production managers and directors in construction Building Services manager
Construction manager
Director (building construction)
Owner (electrical contracting)
£35,700 (£18.31 per hour)
1123 Production managers and directors in mining and energy Operations manager (mining, water & energy)
Quarry manager
£38,300 (£19.64 per hour)
1131 Financial managers and directors Investment banker
Treasury manager
£42,800 (£21.95 per hour)
1132 Marketing and sales directors Marketing director
Sales director
£50,000 (£25.64 per hour)
1133 Purchasing managers and directors Bid manager
Purchasing manager
£35,400 (£18.15 per hour)
1134 Advertising and public relations directors Account director (advertising)
Head of public relations
£51,300 (£26.31 per hour)
1135 Human resource managers and directors Human resources manager
Personnel manager
Recruitment manager
£36,500 (£18.72 per hour)
1136 Information technology and telecommunications directors IT Director
Technical director (computer services)
Telecommunications director
£47,900 (£24.56 per hour)
1139 Functional managers and directors not elsewhere classified Manager (charitable organisation)
Research director
£36,900 (£18.92 per hour)
1150 Financial institution managers and directors Bank manager
Insurance manager
£33,900 (£17.38 per hour)
1161 Managers and directors in transport and distribution Fleet manager
Transport manager
£30,500 (£15.64 per hour)
1162 Managers and directors in storage and warehousing Logistics manager
Warehouse manager
£25,100 (£12.87 per hour)
1172 Senior police officers Chief superintendent (police service)
Detective inspector
Police inspector
£55,400 (£28.41 per hour)
1173 Senior officers in fire, ambulance, prison and related services Fire service officer (government)
Prison governor
Station officer (ambulance service)
£36,400 (£18.67 per hour)
1181 Health services and public health managers and directors Director of nursing
Health Service manager
Information manager (health authority: hospital service)
£41,300 (£21.18 per hour)
1184 Social services managers and directors Care manager (local government: social services)
Service manager (welfare services)
£31,500 (£16.15 per hour)
1190 Managers and directors in retail and wholesale Managing director (retail trade)
Retail manager
Shop manager (charitable organisation)
Wholesale manager
£22,400 (£11.49 per hour)
1211 Managers and proprietors in agriculture and horticulture Farm manager
Farm owner
Nursery manager (horticulture)
£28,000 (£14.36 per hour)
1213 Managers and proprietors in forestry, fishing and related services Cattery owner
Forest manager
Racehorse trainer
£24,100 (£12.36 per hour)
1221 Hotel and accommodation managers and proprietors Caravan park owner
Hotel manager
Landlady (boarding, guest, lodging house)
£21,800 (£11.18 per hour)
1223 Restaurant and catering establishment managers and proprietors Café owner
Fish & chip shopkeeper
Operations manager (catering)
Restaurant manager
Shop manager (take-away food shop)
£19,600 (£10.05 per hour)
1224 Publicans and managers of licensed premises Landlady (public house)
Manager (wine bar)
£21,800 (£11.18 per hour)
1225 Leisure and sports managers Amusement arcade owner
Leisure centre manager
Social club manager
Theatre manager
£22,300 (£11.44 per hour)
1226 Travel agency managers and proprietors Tourist information manager
Travel agency owner
Travel manager
£20,200 (£10.36 per hour)
1241 Health care practice managers Clinic manager
GP practice manager
Veterinary practice manager
£28,700 (£14.72 per hour)
1242 Residential, day and domiciliary care managers and proprietors Care manager
Day centre manager
Nursing home owner
Residential manager (residential home)
£28,300 (£14.51 per hour)
1251 Property, housing and estate managers Estate manager
Facilities manager
Landlord (property management)
Property manager
£28,400 (£14.56 per hour)
1252 Garage managers and proprietors Garage director
Garage owner
Manager (repairing: motor vehicles)
£26,900 (£13.79 per hour)
1253 Hairdressing and beauty salon managers and proprietors Hairdressing salon owner
Health and fitness manager
Manager (beauty salon)
£20,600 (£10.56 per hour)
1254 Shopkeepers and proprietors – wholesale and retail Antiques dealer
Fashion retailer
£26,000 (£13.33 per hour)
1255 Waste disposal and environmental services managers Environmental manager (refuse disposal)
Manager (local government: cleansing dept.)
Recycling plant manager
Scrap metal dealer
£30,700 (£15.74 per hour)
1259 Managers and proprietors in other services not elsewhere classified Betting shop manager
Graphic design classified manager
Library manager
Plant hire manager
Production manager (entertainment)
£23,000 (£11.79 per hour)
2111 Chemical Scientists Analytical chemist
Development chemist
Industrial chemist
Research chemist
£28,500 (£14.62 per hour)
2112 Biological scientists and biochemists Biomedical scientist
Forensic scientist
£30,600 (£15.69 per hour)
2113 Physical scientists Geologist
Medical physicist
£32,600 (£16.72 per hour)
2114 Social and humanities scientists Anthropologist
Political scientist
Social scientist
£25,600 (£13.13 per hour)
2119 Natural and social science professionals not elsewhere classified
For Skilled Worker purposes, occupation code 2119 includes researchers in research organisations other than universities.
Operational research scientist
Research associate (medical)
Research fellow
Scientific officer
Sports scientist
University researcher
£34,600 (£17.74 per hour)
2121 Civil engineers Building engineer
Civil engineer (professional)
Highways engineer
Petroleum engineer
Public health engineer
Site engineer
Structural engineer
£34,700 (£17.79 per hour)
2122 Mechanical engineers Aeronautical engineer (professional)
Aerospace engineer
Automotive engineer (professional)
Marine engineer (professional)
Mechanical engineer (professional)
£33,000 (£16.92 per hour)
2123 Electrical engineers Electrical engineer (professional)
Electrical surveyor
Equipment engineer
Power engineer
Signal engineer (railways)
£39,300 (£20.15 per hour)
2124 Electronics engineers Avionics engineer
Broadcasting engineer (professional)
Electronics engineer (professional)
Microwave engineer
Telecommunications engineer (professional)
£33,900 (£17.38 per hour)
2126 Design and development engineers Clinical engineer
Design engineer
Development engineer
Research and development engineer
£34,100 (£17.49 per hour)
2127 Production and process engineers Chemical engineer
Industrial engineer
Process engineer
Production consultant
Production engineer
£32,000 (£16.41 per hour)
2129 Engineering professionals not elsewhere classified Acoustician (professional)
Food technologist
Patent agent
Project engineer
Scientific consultant
Technical engineer
Traffic engineer
£33,400 (£17.13 per hour)
2133 IT specialist managers Data centre manager
IT manager
IT support manager
Network operations manager (computer services)
Service delivery manager
£37,900 (£19.44 per hour)
2134 IT project and programme managers Implementation manager (computing)
IT project manager
Programme manager (computing)
Project leader (software design)
£39,100 (£20.05 per hour)
2135 IT business analysts, architects and systems designers Business analyst (computing)
Data communications analyst
Systems analyst
Systems consultant
Technical analyst (computing)
Technical architect
£37,600 (£19.28 per hour)
2136 Programmers and software development professionals Analyst-programmer
Database developer
Games programmer
Software engineer
£34,000 (£17.44 per hour)
2137 Web design and development professionals Internet developer
Multimedia developer
Web design consultant
Web designer
£26,800 (£13.74 per hour)
2139 Information technology and telecommunications professionals not elsewhere classified IT consultant
Quality analyst (computing)
Software tester
Systems tester (computing)
Telecommunications planner
£32,100 (£16.46 per hour)
2141 Conservation professionals Conservation officer
Energy conservation officer
Heritage manager
Marine conservationist
£24,900 (£12.77 per hour)
2142 Environment professionals Energy manager
Environmental consultant
Environmental engineer
Environmental protection officer
Environmental scientist
Landfill engineer
£26,800 (£13.74 per hour)
2150 Research and development managers Creative manager (research and development)
Design manager
Market research manager
Research manager (broadcasting)
£38,100 (£19.54 per hour)
2216 Veterinarians Veterinarian
Veterinary practitioner
Veterinary surgeon
£33,700 (£17.28 per hour)
2311 Higher education teaching professionals Fellow (university)
Lecturer (higher education, university)
Professor (higher education, university)
Tutor (higher education, university)
University lecturer
£41,200 (£21.13 per hour)
2317 Senior professionals of educational establishments Administrator (higher education, university)
Head teacher (primary school)
Principal (further education)
Registrar (educational establishments)
£45,400 (£23.28 per hour)
2318 Education advisers and school inspectors Curriculum adviser
Education adviser
Education officer
School inspector
£29,600 (£15.18 per hour)
2319 Teaching and other educational professionals not elsewhere classified Adult education tutor
Education consultant
Music teacher
Nursery manager (day nursery)
Owner (nursery: children’s)
Private tutor
£22,400 (£11.49 per hour)
2412 Barristers and judges Advocate
Chairman (appeals tribunal, inquiry)
Crown prosecutor
District judge
£31,200 (£16.00 per hour)
2413 Solicitors Managing clerk (qualified solicitor)
Solicitor to the council
£33,700 (£17.28 per hour)
2419 Legal professionals not elsewhere classified Attorney
Justice’s clerk
Legal adviser
Legal consultant
Legal counsel
Solicitor’s clerk (articled)
£52,100 (£26.72 per hour)
2421 Chartered and certified accountants Accountant (qualified)
Auditor (qualified)
Chartered accountant
Company accountant
Cost accountant (qualified)
Financial controller (qualified)
Management accountant (qualified)
£31,300 (£16.05 per hour)
2423 Management consultants and business analysts Business adviser
Business consultant
Business continuity manager
Financial risk analyst
Management consultant
£32,000 (£16.41 per hour)
2424 Business and financial project management professionals Chief knowledge officer
Contracts manager (security services)
Project manager
Research support officer
£39,100 (£20.05 per hour)
2425 Actuaries, economists and statisticians Actuarial consultant
Statistical analyst
£33,600 (£17.23 per hour)
2426 Business and related research professionals Crime analyst (police force)
Fellow (research)
Games researcher (broadcasting)
£31,100 (£15.95 per hour)
2429 Business, research and administrative professionals not elsewhere classified Civil servant (grade 6, 7)
Company secretary (qualified)
Policy adviser (government)
Registrar (government)
£37,500 (£19.23 per hour)
2431 Architects Architect
Architectural consultant
Chartered architect
Landscape architect
£32,900 (£16.87 per hour)
2432 Town planning officers Planning officer (local government: building and contracting)
Town planner
Town planning consultant
£27,700 (£14.21 per hour)
2433 Quantity surveyors Quantity surveyor
Surveyor (quantity surveying)
£31,100 (£15.95 per hour)
2434 Chartered surveyors Building surveyor
Chartered surveyor
Hydrographic surveyor
Land surveyor
£31,400 (£16.10 per hour)
2435 Chartered architectural technologists Architectural technologist £30,600 (£15.69 per hour)
2436 Construction project managers and related professionals Contract manager (building construction)
Project manager (building construction)
Transport planner
£29,500 (£15.13 per hour)
2443 Probation officers Inspector (National Probation Service)
Probation officer
Youth justice officer
£33,100 (£16.97 per hour)
2449 Welfare professionals not elsewhere classified Children’s guardian
Rehabilitation officer
Social services officer
Youth worker (professional)
£26,400 (£13.54 per hour)
2451 Librarians Chartered librarian
Technical librarian
University librarian
£22,200 (£11.38 per hour)
2452 Archivists and curators Archivist
Keeper (art gallery)
Museum officer
£24,500 (£12.56 per hour)
2461 Quality control and planning engineers Planning engineer
Quality assurance engineer
Quality control officer (professional)
Quality engineer
£31,600 (£16.21 per hour)
2462 Quality assurance and regulatory professionals Compliance manager
Financial regulator
Patent attorney
Quality assurance manager
Quality manager
£33,300 (£17.08 per hour)
2463 Environmental health professionals Air pollution inspector
Environmental health officer
Food inspector
Public health inspector
Technical officer (environmental health)
£34,300 (£17.59 per hour)
2471 Journalists, newspaper and periodical editors Broadcast journalist
Radio journalist
£26,600 (£13.64 per hour)
2472 Public relations professionals Account manager (public relations)
Information officer (public relations)
PR consultant
Press officer
Public relations officer
£26,300 (£13.49 per hour)
2473 Advertising accounts managers and creative directors Account manager (advertising)
Advertising Manager
Campaign Manager
Creative Director
Projects Manager (advertising)
£31,500 (£16.15 per hour)
3111 Laboratory technicians Laboratory analyst
Laboratory technician
Medical laboratory assistant
Scientific technician
Water tester
£18,900 (£9.69 per hour)
3112 Electrical and electronics technicians Avionics technician
Electrical technician
Electronics technician
Installation engineer (Electricity Supplier)
£27,800 (£14.26 per hour)
3113 Engineering technicians Aircraft technician
Commissioning engineer
Engineering technician
Manufacturing engineer
Mechanical technician
£29,900 (£15.33 per hour)
3114 Building and civil engineering technicians Building services consultant
Civil engineering technician
Survey technician
Technical assistant (civil engineering)
£23,000 (£11.79 per hour)
3115 Quality assurance technicians Quality assurance technician
Quality control technician
Quality officer
Quality technician
Test technician
£24,100 (£12.36 per hour)
3116 Planning, process and production technicians Process technician
Production controller
Production planner
Production technician
£26,000 (£13.33 per hour)
3119 Science, engineering and production technicians not elsewhere classified School technician
Technical assistant
Textile consultant
Workshop technician
£22,300 (£11.44 per hour)
3121 Architectural and town planning technicians Architectural assistant
Architectural technician
Construction planner
Planning enforcement officer
£25,300 (£12.97 per hour)
3122 Draughtspersons CAD operator
Design technician
£26,600 (£13.64 per hour)
3131 IT operations technicians Computer games tester
Database administrator
IT technician
Network administrator
Systems administrator
£24,700 (£12.67 per hour)
3132 IT user support technicians Customer support analyst
Help desk operator
IT support technician
Systems support officer
£23,800 (£12.21 per hour)
3216 Dispensing opticians Dispensing optician
Optical dispenser
£19,200 (£9.85 per hour)
3217 Pharmaceutical technicians Dispensing technician
Pharmaceutical technician
Pharmacy technician
£22,200 (£11.38 per hour)
3231 Youth and community workers Community development officer
Youth and community worker
Youth project coordinator
Youth worker
£23,200 (£11.90 per hour)
3234 Housing officers Housing adviser
Housing officer
Homeless prevention officer
Housing support officer
£24,900 (£12.77 per hour)
3235 Counsellors Counsellor (welfare services)
Debt adviser
Drugs and alcohol counsellor
Student counsellor
£22,700 (£11.64 per hour)
3239 Welfare and housing associate professionals not elsewhere classified Day centre officer
Health coordinator
Key worker (welfare services)
Outreach worker (welfare services)
Probation services officer
Project worker (welfare services)
£21,700 (£11.13 per hour)
3312 Police officers (sergeant and below) Detective (police service)
Police constable
Police officer
Transport police officer
£34,200 (£17.54 per hour)
3313 Fire service officers (watch manager and below) Fire engineer
Fire safety officer
Watch manager (fire service)
£33,000 (£16.92 per hour)
3314 Prison service officers (below principal officer) Prison custodial officer
Prison escort officer
Prison officer
Prison warden
£23,000 (£11.79 per hour)
3319 Protective service associate professionals not elsewhere classified Customs officer
Immigration officer
Operations manager (security services)
Scenes of crime officer
Security manager
£29,500 (£15.13 per hour)
3411 Artists Artist
Portrait painter
£20,500 (£10.51 per hour)
3412 Authors, writers and translators Copywriter
Editor (books)
Technical author
£26,000 (£13.33 per hour)
3413 Actors, entertainers and presenters Actor
Disc jockey
Presenter (broadcasting)
£31,100 (£15.95 per hour)
3414 Dancers and choreographers Ballet dancer
Dance teacher
£21,200 (£10.87 per hour)
3415 Musicians Composer
Song writer
£31,200 (£16.00 per hour)
3416 Arts officers, producers and directors Film editor
Production assistant (broadcasting)
Studio manager
Television producer
Theatrical agent
£29,200 (£14.97 per hour)
3417 Photographers, audio-visual and broadcasting equipment operators Audio visual technician
Sound engineer
Theatre technician (entertainment)
£20,200 (£10.36 per hour)
3421 Graphic designers Commercial artist
Designer (advertising)
Graphic artist
Graphic designer
MAC operator
£23,000 (£11.79 per hour)
3422 Product, clothing and related designers Design consultant
Fashion designer
Furniture designer
Interior designer
Kitchen designer
Textile designer
£26,800 (£13.74 per hour)
3443 Fitness instructors Aerobics instructor
Fitness instructor
Gym instructor
Lifestyle consultant
Personal trainer
Pilates instructor
£15,700 (£8.05 per hour)
3511 Air traffic controllers Air traffic control officer
Air traffic controller
Air traffic services assistant
Flight planner
£60,500 (£31.03 per hour)
3512 Aircraft pilots and flight engineers Airline pilot
First officer (airlines)
Flight engineer
Flying instructor
Helicopter pilot
£50,800 (£26.05 per hour)
3513 Ship and hovercraft officers Chief engineer (shipping)
Marine engineer (shipping)
Merchant navy officer
Petty officer
Tug master
Yacht skipper
£32,700 (£16.77 per hour)
3520 Legal associate professionals Barrister’s clerk
Compliance officer
Legal executive
£21,500 (£11.03 per hour)
3531 Estimators, valuers and assessors Claims assessor
Claims investigator
Engineering surveyor
Loss adjuster
£26,200 (£13.44 per hour)
3532 Brokers Foreign exchange dealer
Insurance broker
Investment administrator
Trader (stock exchange)
£35,400 (£18.15 per hour)
3533 Insurance underwriters Account handler (insurance)
Commercial underwriter
Insurance inspector
Mortgage underwriter
£29,100 (£14.92 per hour)
3534 Finance and investment analysts and advisers Financial adviser
Financial analyst
Financial consultant
Mortgage adviser
Pensions consultant
£28,600 (£14.67 per hour)
3535 Taxation experts Tax adviser
Tax consultant
Tax inspector
Taxation specialist
£37,700 (£19.33 per hour)
3536 Importers and exporters Export controller
Export coordinator
Import agent
£24,100 (£12.36 per hour)
3537 Financial and accounting technicians Accounting technician
Business associate (banking)
Financial controller
Insolvency administrator
Managing clerk (accountancy)
£31,100 (£15.95 per hour)
3538 Financial accounts managers Accounts manager
Audit manager
Credit manager
Fund manager
Relationship manager (bank)
£29,800 (£15.28 per hour)
3539 Business and related associate professionals not elsewhere classified Business systems analyst
Data analyst
Marine consultant
Planning assistant
Project administrator
Project coordinator
£24,200 (£12.41 per hour)
3541 Buyers and procurement officers Buyer
Procurement officer
Purchasing consultant
£26,300 (£13.49 per hour)
3542 Business sales executives Corporate account executive
Sales agent
Sales consultant
Sales executive
Technical representative
£26,700 (£13.69 per hour)
3543 Marketing associate professionals Business development executive
Market research analyst
Marketing consultant
Marketing executive
£23,600 (£12.10 per hour)
3544 Estate agents and auctioneers Auctioneer
Auctioneer and valuer
Estate agent
Letting agent
Property consultant
£21,300 (£10.92 per hour)
3545 Sales accounts and business development managers Account manager (sales)
Area sales manager
Business development manager
Product development manager
Sales manager
£35,100 (£18.00 per hour)
3546 Conference and exhibition managers and organisers Conference coordinator
Event organiser
Events manager
Exhibition organiser
Hospitality manager
£21,700 (£11.13 per hour)
3550 Conservation and environmental associate professionals Conservation worker
Countryside ranger
National park warden
Park ranger
£20,900 (£10.72 per hour)
3561 Public services associate professionals Higher executive officer (government)
Principle revenue officer (local government)
Senior executive officer (government)
£31,700 (£16.26 per hour)
3562 Human resources and industrial relations officers Employment adviser
Human resources officer
Personnel officer
Recruitment consultant
£23,600 (£12.10 per hour)
3563 Vocational and industrial trainers and instructors IT trainer
NVQ assessor
Technical instructor
Training consultant
Training manager
£24,500 (£12.56 per hour)
3564 Careers advisers and vocational guidance specialists Careers adviser
Careers consultant
Careers teacher
Placement officer
£23,100 (£11.85 per hour)
3565 Inspectors of standards and regulations Building inspector
Driving examiner
Housing inspector
Meat hygiene inspector
Trading standards officer
£28,600 (£14.67 per hour)
3567 Health and safety officers Fire protection engineer (professional)
Health and safety officer
Occupational hygienist
Safety consultant
Safety officer
£31,000 (£15.90 per hour)
4112 National government administrative occupations Administrative assistant (courts of justice)
Administrative officer (government)
Civil servant (EO)
Clerk (government)
Revenue officer (government)
£21,800 (£11.18 per hour)
4114 Officers of nongovernmental organisations Administrator (charitable organisation)
Organiser (trade union)
Secretary (research association)
Trade union official
£23,900 (£12.26 per hour)
4134 Transport and distribution clerks and assistants Export clerk
Logistics controller
Shipping clerk
Transport administrator
Transport clerk
Transport coordinator
£22,400 (£11.49 per hour)
4151 Sales administrators Marketing administrator
Sales administrator
Sales clerk
Sales coordinator
£19,400 (£9.95 per hour)
4161 Office managers Business support manager
Delivery office manager
Office manager
Practice manager
Sales administration manager
Sales office manager
£25,100 (£12.87 per hour)
4214 Company secretaries Assistant secretary
Club secretary
Company secretary
£23,700 (£12.15 per hour)
4215 Personal assistants and other secretaries Executive assistant
Personal assistant
Personal secretary
£22,300 (£11.44 per hour)
5111 Farmers Agricultural contractor
Agricultural technician
Crofter (farming)
Herd manager
£21,100 (£10.82 per hour)
5112 Horticultural trades Grower
Horticulturalist (market gardening)
Market Gardener
Nursery Assistant (agriculture)
£19,000 (£9.74 per hour)
5113 Gardeners and landscape gardeners Garden designer
Landscape gardener
£19,200 (£9.85 per hour)
5114 Grounds-men and greenkeepers Greenkeeper
£19,000 (£9.74 per hour)
5119 Agricultural and fishing trades not elsewhere classified Aboricultural consultant
Bee farmer
Share fisherman
Trawler skipper
Tree surgeon
£22,000 (£11.28 per hour)
5211 Smiths and forge workers Blacksmith
Chain repairer
Steel presser
£19,100 (£9.79 per hour)
5212 Moulders, core makers and die casters Core maker (metal trades)
Die caster
Moulder (metal trades)
Pipe maker (foundry)
£17,700 (£9.08 per hour)
5213 Sheet metal workers Coppersmith
Panel beater (metal trades)
Sheet metal fabricator
Sheet metal worker
£20,700 (£10.62 per hour)
5214 Metal plate workers, and riveters Boiler maker
Metal plate worker
£27,700 (£14.21 per hour)
5215 Welding trades Fabricator-welder
Spot welder (metal)
Welding technician
£23,100 (£11.85 per hour)
5216 Pipe fitters Pipe engineer
Pipe fitter
Pipe welder-fitter
£31,700 (£16.26 per hour)
5221 Metal machining CNC machinist
CNC programmer
Centre lathe turner
Miller (metal trades)
Tool setter
£24,000 (£12.31 per hour)
5222 Tool makers, tool fitters and markers-out Die maker
Jig maker
Marker-out (engineering)
Tool fitter
Tool maker
£27,100 (£13.90 per hour)
5223 Metal working production and maintenance fitters Agricultural engineer
Bench fitter
Engineering machinist
Installation engineer
Maintenance fitter
Mechanical engineer
£24,700 (£12.67 per hour)
5224 Precision instrument makers and repairers Calibration engineer
Instrument maker
Instrument mechanic
Instrument technician
Optical technician
Precision engineer
£23,300 (£11.95 per hour)
5225 Air-conditioning and refrigeration engineers Air conditioning engineer
Air conditioning fitter
Refrigeration engineer
Refrigeration technician
Service engineer (refrigeration)
£28,000 (£14.36 per hour)
5231 Vehicle technicians, mechanics and electricians Auto electrician
Car mechanic
HGV mechanic
Mechanic (garage)
MOT tester
Motor mechanic
Motor vehicle technician
Technician (motor vehicles)
Vehicle technician
£22,800 (£11.69 per hour)
5232 Vehicle body builders and repairers Bodyshop technician
Car body repairer
Coach builder
Panel beater
Restoration technician (motor vehicles)
Vehicle builder
£22,600 (£11.59 per hour)
5234 Vehicle paint technicians Car paint sprayer
Coach painter
Paint technician (motor vehicles)
Vehicle refinisher
£23,300 (£11.95 per hour)
5235 Aircraft maintenance and related trades Aeronautical engineer
Aircraft electrician
Aircraft engineer
Aircraft fitter
Aircraft mechanic
Maintenance engineer (aircraft)
£29,500 (£15.13 per hour)
5236 Boat and ship builders and repairers Boat builder
Fitter (boat building)
Frame turner (ship building)
Marine engineer
Ship’s joiner
£23,800 (£12.21 per hour)
5237 Rail and rolling stock builders and repairers Coach repairer (railways)
Mechanical fitter (railway and rolling stock)
Railway engineer
Rolling stock technician
£37,100 (£19.03 per hour)
5241 Electricians and electrical fitters Electrical contractor
Electrical engineer
Electrical fitter
£26,400 (£13.54 per hour)
5242 Telecommunications engineers Cable jointer
Customer service engineer (telecommunications)
Installation engineer (telecommunications)
Network officer (telecommunications)
Telecommunications engineer
Telephone engineer
£28,500 (£14.62 per hour)
5244 TV, video and audio engineers Installation engineer (radio, television and video)
Satellite engineer
Service engineer (radio, television and video)
Technician (radio, television and video)
Television engineer
£22,000 (£11.28 per hour)
5245 IT engineers Computer repairer
Computer service engineer
Hardware engineer (computer)
Maintenance engineer (computer servicing)
£21,900 (£11.23 per hour)
5249 Electrical and electronic trades not elsewhere classified Alarm engineer
Electronics engineer
Field engineer
Service engineer
£28,200 (£14.46 per hour)
5250 Skilled metal, electrical and electronic trades supervisors Electrical supervisor
Maintenance supervisor (manufacturing)
Workshop manager
£31,900 (£16.36 per hour)
5311 Steel erectors Steel erector
Steel fabricator
Steel worker (structural engineering)
£23,900 (£12.26 per hour)
5312 Bricklayers and masons Bricklayer
Dry stone waller
Stone mason
£23,300 (£11.95 per hour)
5313 Roofers, roof tilers and slaters Mastic asphalt spreader
Roof tiler
Roofing contractor
£20,200 (£10.36 per hour)
5314 Plumbers and heating and ventilating engineers Gas engineer
Gas service engineer
Heating and ventilating engineer
Heating engineer
Plumbing and heating engineer
£26,700 (£13.69 per hour)
5315 Carpenters and joiners Carpenter
Carpenter and joiner
Kitchen fitter
Shop fitter
£22,500 (£11.54 per hour)
5316 Glaziers, window fabricators and fitters Glass Cutter
Installer (double glazing)
Window fabricator
Window fitter
£19,200 (£9.85 per hour)
5319 Construction and building trades not elsewhere classified Acoustician
Building contractor
Maintenance manager (buildings and other structures)
Property developer (building construction)
£22,200 (£11.38 per hour)
5321 Plasterers Dryliner
Fibrous plasterer
Plastering contractor
£24,000 (£12.31 per hour)
5322 Floorers and wall tilers Carpet fitter
Ceramic tiler
Flooring contractor
Mosaic floor layer
£23,000 (£11.79 per hour)
5323 Painters and decorators Artexer
French polisher
Paper hanger
Ship sprayer
Wood stainer
£21,200 (£10.87 per hour)
5330 Construction and building trades supervisors Builder’s foreman
Construction foreman
Construction supervisor
Maintenance supervisor
Site foreman
£32,200 (£16.51 per hour)
5411 Weavers and knitters Carpet weaver
Knitwear manufacturer
£18,600 (£9.54 per hour)
5412 Upholsterers Curtain fitter
Curtain maker
Soft furnisher
Trimmer (furniture mfr)
£18,400 (£9.44 per hour)
5413 Footwear and leather working trades Cobbler
Leather worker (leather goods mfr
Machinist (leather goods mfr)
Shoe machinist
Shoe repairer
£17,100 (£8.77 per hour)
5414 Tailors and dressmakers Cutter (hosiery, knitwear mfr)
Fabric cutter
£18,000 (£9.23 per hour)
5419 Textiles, garments and related trades not elsewhere classified Clothing manufacturer
Hand sewer
Sail maker
Upholstery cutter
£15,800 (£8.10 per hour)
5421 Pre-press technicians Compositor
Plate maker
Pre-press manager
Pre-press technician
Type setter
£18,800 (£9.64 per hour)
5422 Printers Lithographic printer
Machine minder (printing)
Print manager
Screen printer
Wallpaper printer
£21,800 (£11.18 per hour)
5423 Print finishing and binding workers Binder’s assistant
Book binder
Finishing supervisor (printing)
Print finisher
£18,800 (£9.64 per hour)
5431 Butchers Butcher
Butcher’s assistant
Butchery manager
Master butcher
£20,400 (£10.46 per hour)
5432 Bakers and flour confectioners Baker
Baker’s assistant
Bakery manager
Cake decorator
£18,900 (£9.69 per hour)
5433 Fishmongers and poultry dressers Butcher (fish, poultry)
Filleter (fish)
Fish processor
Poultry processor
£17,100 (£8.77 per hour)
5434 Chefs Chef
Head chef
Pastry chef
£17,100 (£8.77 per hour)
5436 Catering and bar managers Bar manager
Catering manager
Floor manager (restaurant)
Kitchen manager
Steward (club)
£18,600 (£9.54 per hour)
5441 Glass and ceramics makers, decorators and finishers Ceramic artist
Glass blower
Potter (ceramics mfr)
Pottery worker
Sprayer (ceramics mfr)
Stained glass artist
£19,900 (£10.21 per hour)
5442 Furniture makers and other craft woodworkers Antiques restorer
Cabinet maker
Coffin maker
Furniture restorer
Picture framer
Sprayer (furniture mfr)
£20,000 (£10.26 per hour)
5443 Florists Floral assistant
Floral designer
Flower arranger
£14,200 (£7.28 per hour)
5449 Other skilled trades not elsewhere classified Diamond mounter
Paint sprayer
Piano tuner
Sign maker
Wig maker
£21,400 (£10.97 per hour)
6121 Nursery nurses and assistants Crèche assistant
Crèche worker
Nursery assistant
Nursery nurse
£15,000 (£7.69 per hour)
6122 Childminders and related occupations Au pair
Child care assistant
Child minder
£17,500 (£8.97 per hour)
6123 Playworkers Playgroup assistant
Playgroup leader
Playgroup supervisor
£13,300 (£6.82 per hour)
6125 Teaching assistants Classroom assistant
School assistant
Teaching assistant
£15,300 (£7.85 per hour)
6126 Educational support assistants Education support assistant
Learning support assistant
Non-teaching assistant (schools)
Special needs assistant (educational establishments)
Support assistant (educational establishments)
£14,700 (£7.54 per hour)
6131 Veterinary nurses Animal nurse
Veterinary nurse
£18,100 (£9.28 per hour)
6139 Animal care services occupations not elsewhere classified Animal technician
Canine beautician
Kennel assistant
Kennel maid
Stable hand
£17,800 (£9.13 per hour)
6144 Houseparents and residential wardens Foster carer
Matron (residential home)
Resident warden
Team leader (residential care home)
Warden (sheltered housing)
£18,300 (£9.38 per hour)
6145 Care workers and home carers – private households or individuals (other than sole traders sponsoring someone to work for their business) cannot sponsor Skilled Worker applicants Care assistant
Care worker
Resident warden
Home care assistant
Home carer
Support worker (nursing home)
No going rate – the salary must be at least £20,960 per year or £10.75 per hour
6146 Senior care workers Senior care assistant
Senior carer
Senior support worker (Local government: welfare services)
Team leader (nursing home)
£18,600 (£9.54 per hour)
6214 Air travel assistants Air hostess
Cabin crew
Customer service agent (travel)
Flight attendant
Passenger service agent
£16,300 (£8.36 per hour)
6215 Rail travel assistants Retail service manager (railways)
Station assistant (underground railway)
Ticket inspector (railways)
Train conductor
Train manager
£28,700 (£14.72 per hour)
7125 Merchandisers and window dressers Merchandiser
Sales merchandiser
Visual merchandising manager
Window dresser
£18,300 (£9.38 per hour)
7130 Sales supervisors Sales supervisor (retail trade: delivery round)
Section manager (retail trade)
Shop supervisor (retail trade)
Supervisor (retail, wholesale trade)
Team leader (retail trade)
£19,900 (£10.21 per hour)
7215 Market research interviewers Interviewer (market research)
Market researcher (interviewing)
Telephone interviewer
Telephone researcher
Traffic enumerator
£10,600 (£5.44 per hour)
7220 Customer service managers and supervisors After sales manager
Call centre supervisor
Customer service manager
Customer service supervisor
Team leader (customer care)
£24,600 (£12.62 per hour)
8124 Energy plant operatives Boilerman
Control room operator(electric)
Hydraulic engineman
Plant operator (electricity supplier)
Power station operator
£27,200 (£13.95 per hour)
8126 Water and sewerage plant operatives Controller (water treatment)
Plant operator (sewage works)
Pump attendant
Water treatment engineer
Water treatment operator
£24,200 (£12.41 per hour)
8215 Driving instructors Driving instructor
HGV instructor
Instructor (driving school)
Motorcycle instructor
£23,400 (£12.00 per hour)
8232 Marine and waterways transport operatives Engine room attendant (shipping)
Engineer, nos (boat, barge)
Merchant seaman
Seaman (shipping)
£24,300 (£12.46 per hour)
9119 Fishing and other elementary agriculture occupations not elsewhere classifieds Vent chick sexer
Deckhand on large fishing vessel (9 metres and above)
For both job titles, the job must require 3 or more years’ full-time experience. This experience must not have been gained through illegal working.
Other jobs in this occupation are not eligible
£18,000 (£9.23 per hour)

Healthcare & education jobs

Going rate salary levels for jobs in health and education are set by industry bodies. Visa applicants should check with the relevant body, such as the NHS, for guidance on national pay scales.


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Minimum salary calculations can quickly become complex, but it’s critical that the sponsor gets this right. Issues with pay and salary levels can result in a refused visa application, or a curtailed visa for an existing sponsored worker if the Home Office alleges the individual is being paid below the relevant minimum level.

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Skilled Worker Going Rate Salary FAQs 

What is the 'going rate'?

Skilled worker visa roles must in most cases offer a salary that is the highest of either the stated ‘going rate’ for the job or the overall minimum salary for their circumstances.

What is an occupation code?

Each job that is eligible under the skilled worker visa is listed under the Immigration Rules and assigned an occupation code. This code is also used to assigned a going rate for the salary, which the role must pay to be eligible for sponsorship. If the salary does not meet the going rate, the visa application will be refused.

What is a new entrant?

New entrants can be paid 70% of the minimum salary threshold for the relevant occupation code to pass the salary requirement for the skilled worker visa. To qualify as a new entrant, you would need to be under the age of 26 on the date of the application with a job offer for a postdoctoral position in one of a number of occupational codes, or be working towards professional qualifications, chartered status, or registration.

Last updated: 7 December 2023

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