26 November 2018

The Migration Advisory Committee have put out a call for evidence to support their review of the Shortage Occupation List. It is important that business take the opportunity to contribute to the revision of the Shortage Occupation List as this will become crucial once freedom of movement ends after the UK exits the EU.

Please ask your teams to raise awareness and share the MAC’s Shortage Occupation List Call for evidence with their clients, networks and business contacts, encouraging them to submit evidence.

Details about this call, what you can do, and how business can submit evidence is provided below.

Shortage Occupation List Review 2018: Call for evidence

What’s happened?
In June 2018, the Government commissioned the Migration Advisory Committee (MAC) to carry out a full review of the composition of the Shortage Occupation List (SOL). The MAC has now put out a ‘Call for evidence’ which closes on the 6th January 2019. The evidence provided by stakeholders will help to determine which job titles are in shortage and the MAC are expected to report back their findings in the Spring 2019.

What is the Shortage Occupation List (SOL)?
The SOL comprises occupations and job titles assessed to be in shortage either across the UK, or in Scotland only, where it would be sensible to fill jobs through non-EEA migration.

Currently, to be eligible for the SOL occupations and job titles must:

  • show demonstrable national shortages that cannot be filled from within the domestic labour market;
  • be skilled to the required level set by the Home Office; and
  • demonstrate that it is sensible to seek to fill vacancies with migrant labour from outside of the EEA.

Why is the SOL of interest to business?
Job titles on the SOL do not require business sponsors to undertake the 28 day Resident Labour Market Test (RLMT) to advertise roles within the UK first, or meet the current five year salary threshold of £35,500 for settlement when recruiting talent from overseas. This means that business can be agile in their recruitment for highly skilled roles.

How can business get involved?
The MAC will be hosting a series of regional events around the UK, including Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales. These will be published on the MAC website in due course. Stakeholders wishing to attend these events will be invited to inform the MAC by email when the dates and locations are announced.


Further information
You can find out further information about this call for evidence and how to submit evidence here – https://www.gov.uk/government/consultations/shortage-occupation-list-2018-call-for-evidence

Please contact Migration@trade.gov.uk if you have questions on any of the above.

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