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Tier 2 and shortage occupation list.

05 December 2011

UK employers who want to employ migrants from outside the European Economic Area usually have to show that they have advertised the job concerned in the appropriate trade press as well as at Jobcentre Plus to show that no appropriate British candidate could be found. This is known as the "Resident Labour Market Test".

Jobs listed on the Shortage Occupation list don't have to be subjected to a Resident Labour Market Test. The list is compiled from information given to the UKBA by the Migration Advisory Committee (MAC). In its recent announcement the UKBA has said that it is removing the following jobs from the Shortage Occupation list in accordance with the MAC's recommendation:

· secondary education biology teachers;

· speech and language therapists;

· pharmacists;

· veterinary surgeons; and

· rank and file orchestral musicians

Some jobs are being added to the list such as actuaries, high integrity pipe welders, environmental scientists and geochemists.Please contact us if you have any additional questions.


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