Specialist jobs that are no longer required in the UK will be removed from a government-approved list that helps to ensure the UK only accepts migrant workers that the country needs.
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. The government today accepted recommendations from the independent Migration Advisory Committee (MAC) that will see the number of jobs covered by the list drop by 40,000, bringing the total down from 230,000 to 190,000. Only a minority of these jobs will be filled by migrant workers.
The MAC recommended the 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;
– veterinary surgeons; and,
– rank and file orchestral musicians.
Added to the list will be:
– high integrity pipe welders;
– environmental scientists; and,
The government has accepted the MAC’s recommended list in full however, rank and file orchestral musicians will not be removed from the list immediately, until further discussions take place with the industry to discuss the resident labor market test.
The revised list will come into effect from 14 November 2011. This means that:
– For applications covered by the annual limit, the new list will apply to all applications by Tier 2 sponsors for restricted certificates of Sponsorship made on or after 14 November 2011.
– For applications outside the annual limit, the new list will apply to all unrestricted certificates of sponsorship assigned to migrants on or after 14 November 2011.
Employers can only bring someone into the UK under Tier 2 if the job is on the shortage occupation list or if they pass a resident labor market test (no suitable resident workers apply after advertising the job in the UK first for 4 weeks).