In the UK, non-EU workers must earn at least £35k/year or face deportation, as reported in The Guardian, the BBC, or The Telegraph.

The Guardian article mentions that nurses are exempt. Are there other exemptions? For example, most post-doctoral scientists earn less than that. Does that mean non-EU citizens cannot come to the UK to work as a post-doctoral scientists?

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    It's not productive to rely on the Guardian for information like this. Their immigration stories are more emotional than factual. The requirements for a T2 exemptions are listed in the MAC's shortage list (which is very soon to be revised). If a given job is not on the list, like nurses, then the 35k requirement (which is very soon to be revised) applies and you will not qualify.
    – Gayot Fow
    Commented Aug 29, 2017 at 18:56
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    Best advice is stay away from the Guardian, stay off the net, and use the MAC and Home Office policy as your guide. Honestly, it will pay off big time if you do that.
    – Gayot Fow
    Commented Aug 29, 2017 at 19:09
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    @GayotFow The BBC article btw contradicts your comment; BBC states that PhD-level jobs are exempt but the MAC's shortage list says that physicists are no longer exempt. If you do have an answer, perhaps you can address this discrepancy? I'm confused now.
    – gerrit
    Commented Aug 29, 2017 at 19:20
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    LOL, what the BBC states (where it concerns immigration news) goes in to the same bucket. I'm OK with being contradicted. The relevant place for you to look is something like Paragraph 78C of Appendix A AND the MAC page at gov.uk/government/… And as I mentioned previously, the MAC received a commission from the Home Secretary last week. So the whole thing is up in the air. And :) when I wrote about the Guardian, I should have said 'media' :)
    – Gayot Fow
    Commented Aug 29, 2017 at 19:29
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    @GayotFow Again, you may post an answer if you have well-sourced useful info :) and btw, this question is not about me.
    – gerrit
    Commented Aug 29, 2017 at 20:52

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According to the Tier 2 guidelines, the current salary requirements are:

You’ll usually need to be paid at least £30,000 per year or the ‘appropriate rate’ for the job you’re offered - whichever is higher.

What constitutes an "appropriate rate" for various occupations is listed here. Table 1 lists PhD level occupations. Depending on the field and experience, the required salary for a post-doctoral researcher ranges between £21,600 and £28,000.

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