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 options.
For manufacturing, marine shipyard, process 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:
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 process and 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: