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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. For:


  • 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 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: