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Recommended changes to the Shortage Occupation List for Tier 2

21 October 2009

The Migration Advisory Committee (MAC) published the report on its review of the Shortage Occupation Lists for the UK and Scotland. The MAC's report recommends introduction of changes to the Shortage Occupation List for Tier 2  of the points-based system.

The Chairman of the Migration Advisory Committee, David Metcalf, explained that the recommendations were prompted by the impact of the worldwide recession on the UK’s economy and in particular on a labour market. Mr Metcalf believes that the points-based system, including the shortage occupation list, should operate for the full benefit of UK workers given the current economic climate.

As part of the second review the MAC assessed all healthcare and engineering occupations, chefs, teachers (further/higher, secondary, primary, and special needs education teaching professionals), town planners, managers in construction, quantity surveyors, ship and hovercraft officers, veterinary surgeons, sheep shearers, work riders, ballet dancers, skilled fish filleters, meat boners and trimmers.

According to the MAC’s report the following occupations should be added to the Shortage Occupation List:

· teachers in special schools;

· skilled meat boners and trimmers;

· specialised jobs in the electricity transmission and distribution industry;

· some medical specialisms, including higher-level speciality paediatrics trainees; and

· aircraft technicians and fitters.

At present, skilled chefs remain on the recommended list. However, there are plans for an extensive training to be offered to the UK workforce in this profession and it is likely that this occupation will be removed from the list.

Some of engineering, construction and ship and hovercraft officers’ jobs have been suggested for removal from the list in line with changing economic circumstances.

The above recommendations are currently being reviewed by the Government and an official response will be announced in the coming weeks.

Contact us as soon as possible if you are concerned or wish to know more on how the proposed changes might impact your immigration status and future options.

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