Migration Advisory Committee Proposes Cuts to Shortage Occupation List

The Shortage Occupation List is a roster of jobs for which there is an endemic shortage of suitably skilled resident workers. If a job appears on the list, an employer can fill it with a non-European Union national without having to complete a resident labour market test. Applications to fill shortage occupations also get priority access to the monthly cap on restricted certificates of sponsorships.

Further recommendations from MAC include adding some occupations to the list, nevertheless its proposal would result in a net reduction in occupations as a percentage of the UK’s overall workforce. Industries affected by the recommendations include: electrical energy production, natural resources, nuclear power, aerospace engineering and computer gaming.

The MAC’s recommendations are now being considered by the Home Office. While not binding, the MAC report will likely carry significant influence in any upcoming changes to the Shortage Occupation List. In the past, the Home Office has acted on MAC recommendations in one to three months.

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