LTFT for trainees with a Tier 2 visa/Skilled Worker Sponsorship

Modified on Wed, 28 Dec 2022 at 03:48 PM

Minimum Salary Requirements 

Please refer to the relevant information attached and the LTFT Visa calculator below depending on whether you are currently on a Tier 2 or Skilled Worker sponsorship. 

Skilled Worker Sponsorship – Minimum Salary Requirements

The advice on the minimum number of hours and salary that trainees can work while maintaining their Skilled Worker/Tier 2 Sponsorship has been updated. It has been confirmed that trainees on a Skilled Worker and Tier 2 Visas can reduce their hours below the previously advertised thresholds.


All sponsored trainees, regardless of whether they hold a Tier 2 visa or Skilled Worker visa, will need to meet the minimum salary requirements of £20,480 per annum when calculated as a percentage of the going rate. To do this the ‘going rate’ is based on the basic salary as outlined in the NHS Medical and Dental (M&D) pay scales

A helpful guide, based on current pay scales, the minimum hours are set out in the table below:


Going rate/Basic salary (M&D pay scale) 

Minimum hours to meet salary requirement of £20,480 per annum

Salary per annum 



70% or 28 hours 




61% or 24.4 hours 


CT/ST 1/2 


51% or 20.4 hours 


CT3 and ST 3/4/5 


41% or 16.4 hours 


ST 6/7/8 


36% or 14.4 hours 


Getting Approval

We have informed trainees that while they may be able to reduce their hours to meet sponsorship requirements, LTFT hours will need to be approved by their local HEE Office and/or Trust.

LTFT visa calculator -

The LTFT calculator (link above) has been developed to assist trainees and local offices in navigating the two guidance documents (provided below) to establish whether the Less Than Full Time (LTFT) request is likely to meet the requirements of their particular sponsored visa.  This form is for reference only and to be used as an aid. Trainees can download a pdf copy of this once submitted for their own records or to share if needed (i.e. as part of a LTFT application). 

If none of the FAQs have answered your question, please submit an enquiry to the team by clicking here

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