Reduction in jobs available via the Shortage occupation list

The shortage occupation is part of the Tier 2 immigration route via the Points Based System. Highly skilled migrants from outside the European Economic Area (EEA) seeking to work in the UK must apply for visas via this route.

Today recommendations were accepted from MAC resulting in a number of jobs covered by the list drop by 40,000, reducing the total amount from 230,000 to 190,000. Further recommendations made by the MAC include changes  where evidence from a range of industries and sectors showed resident workers are available to fill the vacancies.

Immigration Minister Damian Green said:
‘Alongside our limits on overseas workers we are also taking action to provide businesses with the skills they need from the British workforce and reduce their need for migrants. We want the brightest and the best people from outside the EU with the skills we can benefit from in the UK.’

Occupations that the MAC recommended be removed from the list include:
•    secondary education biology teachers;
•    speech and language therapists;
•    pharmacists;
•    orthoptists;
•    veterinary surgeons; and,
•    rank and file orchestral musicians.

Commonwealth Contractors

Commonwealth Contractors we partner with OISC Registered Private
Immigration Firms and Tier 2 Licensed Healthcare and IT Consultancies
who may be prepared, where required, to sponsor an individual on a Tier 2
Visa (formerly UK Work Permit). If you are a highly skilled
International professional and you would like to work in the UK
Commonwealth Contractors can help. Our OISC Registered Partners
specialise in Tier 1 General (formerly Highly Skilled Migrant Programme)
visa applications and can assist those highly skilled individuals that
either wish to apply or extend a Tier 1 General Visa.

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