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Higher-skilled worker levy

Upgrading your worker to higher-skilled status will reduce your levy bill. The exact levy rate depends on your sector.

You pay a lower levy for workers with higher-skilled status.

Criteria for higher-skilled worker levy by sector

The requirements your worker must meet to be on the higher-skilled levy rate are different for each sector:

Apply for higher-skilled worker levy

For construction sector

Your worker can get higher-skilled status by completing one of the four upgrading pathways.

For process sector

Your worker can get higher-skilled status through one of the three upgrading pathways.

For manufacturing, marine shipyard or services sector

You need to apply to convert your worker to higher-skilled levy, and upload a copy of the worker’s educational or trade test certificates.

For diploma or higher qualifications, you need to upload these additional documents:

If worker has diploma or higher qualifications from Additional documents needed

Certificate of graduation and verification proof from one of these sources:


  • The verification proof must confirm that the qualifications are genuine and were awarded by accredited institutions.
  • Educational certificates certified by a notary public are not accepted as a form of verification proof.
Other countries/regions Transcript or letter from the institution stating the course duration.

Harbour craft industry

For harbour craft industry, you need to apply to convert your worker to higher-skilled levy and upload a copy of the trade certificate.

For non-English documents, you must submit a copy of the original document and an English translation. The translation can be done by a translation service provider.

Welding trade test for marine shipyard sectors

To meet the trade test component of the higher-skilled worker levy criteria, your worker’s welding trade test must be endorsed by any of these institutions: