Shortage Occupations

If a role is listed on the UK Border Agency’s Shortage Occupation list it means that an employer does not need to conduct a resident labour market test and can simply move to assign a Certificate of Sponsorship immediately.

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The Shortage Occupation List

The following table outlines the current Shortage Occupation List.

Category

Job Title

Directors and Chief Executives of Major Organisations (1112)

ONLY the following jobs in the decommissioning and waste management  areas of the nuclear industry:

  • Managing Director
  • Programme Director
  • Site Director

Production, works

and maintenance

managers (1121)

  • Project Manager in the electricity transmission and distribution industry

 

Managers in

mining and

energy (1123)

  • Site manager in the electricity transmission and distribution industry

 

Biological

scientists

and biochemists

(2112)

 

  • Cardiac Physiologist
  • Clinical Neurophysiologist
  • Clinical Vascular Scientist
  • Respiratory Physiologist
  • Sleep Physiologist

Physicists,

geologists and

meteorologists

(2113)

 

  • Hydro Geologist
  • Geophysicist
  • Geoscientist
  • Geophysical Specialist
  • Engineering Geophysicist
  • Engineering Geomorphologist
  • Geologist
  • Geochemist
  • Environmental Scientist
  • Technical services manager in the decommissioning and waste areas of the nuclear industry
  • Nuclear Medicine Scientist
  • Radiotherapy Physicist
  • Staff working in diagnostic radiology (including magnetic resonance imaging)

Civil engineers

(2121)

 

  • Geotechnical design engineer
  • Geotechnical specialist
  • Reservoir panel engineer
  • Rock mechanics engineer
  • Soil mechanics engineer
  • Geomechanics engineer
  • Mining geotechnical engineer
  • Mining and coal engineer
  • Wells engineer
  • Tunnelling engineer
  • Petroleum engineer
  • Drilling engineer
  • Completions engineer
  • Fluids engineer
  • Reservoir engineer
  • Offshore and subsea engineer
  • Control and instrument engineer
  • Process safety engineer

Mechanical

engineers (2122)

  • Mechanical engineer in the aerospace

Electrical

engineers (2123)

 

  • All electrical engineers in the oil and gas industry
  • The following jobs in the electricity transmission and distribution industry:
    • Power system engineer
    • Control engineer
    • Protection engineer

Chemical

engineers (2125)

 

  • ALL jobs in this occupation code

Design and

development

engineers (2126)

 

  • Design engineer in the electricity transmission and distribution industry
  • Simulation development engineer

Production and

process

engineers (2127)

 

  • Manufacturing engineer (process planning) in the aerospace sector
  • Technical services representative in the aerospace sector

Planning and

quality control

engineers (2128)

 

  • The following jobs in the electricity transmission and distribution industry:
    • Planning / development engineer
    • Quality, health, safety and environment (QHSE) engineer

Engineering

professionals not

elsewhere

classified (2129)

 

  • Geoenvironmental specialist
  • Geoenvironmental engineer
  • Contaminated land engineer
  • Landfill engineer
  • Metallurgical / mineral processing engineer
  • The following jobs in the aerospace sector:
    • Aerothermal engineer
    • Stress engineer
    • Chief of engineering
    • Advance tool and fixturing engineer
  • The following jobs in the decommissioning and waste management areas of the nuclear industry:
    • Operations manager
    • Decommissioning specialist manager
    • Project / planning engineer
    • Radioactive waste manager
    • Radiological protection advisor
  • The following jobs in the electricity transmission and distribution industry:
    • Project engineer
    • Proposals engineer

Software

professionals

(2132)

 

  • The following jobs in visual effects and 2D / 3D computer animation for film, television or video games:
    • Software developer
    • Systems engineer
    • Shader writer

Medical

practitioners

(2211)

 

  • Consultants in the following specialities:
    • Clinical neurophysiology
    • Emergency medicine
    • Genito-urinary medicine
    • Haematology
    • Neurology
    • Occupational medicine
  • Consultants in the following specialities of psychiatry:
    • Forensic psychiatry
    • General psychiatry
    • Learning disabilities psychiatry
    • Old age psychiatry
  • Non-consultant, non-training, medical staff posts in the following specialities:
    • Anaesthetics
    • Paediatrics and general medicine specialities delivering acute care services (intensive care medicine, general internal medicine (acute), emergency medicine, general surgery, obstetrics and gynaecology, and trauma and orthopaedic surgery)
  • ST4 level trainees in paediatrics

Secondary

education

teaching

professionals

(2314)

 

  • Secondary education teachers in the subjects of maths or pure sciences (physics and / or chemistry)

Special needs

education

teaching

professionals

(2316)

  • All teaching posts in special schools

Management

consultants,

actuaries,

economists and

statisticians

(2423)

  • Qualified actuaries working in the life assurance, general insurance, and health and care sectors

 

Social workers

(2442)

  • Social worker in children’s and family services
  • Social worker entry level (band 5 or equivalent):

Engineering

Technicians

(3113)

  • The following jobs in the electricity transmission and distribution industry:
    • Commissioning engineer
    • Substation electrical engineer

Nurses (3211)

  • Specialist nurse working in operating theatres
  • Operating department practitioner
  • Specialist nurse working in neonatal intensive care units

Medical

radiographers

(3214)

  • HPC-registered diagnostic radiographer
  • HPC-registered therapeutic radiographer
  • Sonographer

Medical and

dental

technicians

(3218)

  • Nuclear medicine technologist
  • Radiotherapy technologist

Artists (3411)

  • Animator in visual effects and 2D / 3D computer animation for film, television or video games

Arts officers,

producers and

directors (3416)

 

  • The following roles within visual effects and 2D / 3D computer animation for film, television or video games:
    • 2D supervisor
    • 3D supervisor
    • Computer graphics supervisor
    • Producer
    • Production manager
    • Technical director
    • Visual effects supervisor

Graphic

designers (3421)

 

  • The following roles within visual effects and 2D / 3D computer animation for film, television or video games:
    • Compositing artist
    • Matte painter
    • Modeller
    • Rigger
    • Stereo artist
    • Texture artist

Buyers and

purchasing

officers (3541)

  • Manufacturing engineer (purchasing) in the aerospace sector

Welding trades

(5215)

  • High integrity pipe welder where the job requires three or more years relevant experience

Line repairers

and cable jointers

(5243)

  • Overhead lines worker in the electricity transmission and distribution industry, working on high voltage lines that carry at least 275,000 volts

Medical

practitioners

(2211)

  • ALL jobs on the UK shortage occupation list
  • ST3, ST5 and ST6 level trainees in paediatrics*
  • Staff grade and Associate Specialist (SAS) doctors in paediatrics
  • Consultants in paediatrics

Before assigning a Certificate of Sponsorship please ensure that you have checked the official Shortage Occupation List on the UK Border Agency website.

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