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Proposed Changes to the UK Shortage Occupations List

The Migration Advisory Committee conducted a comprehensive review of the UK Shortage Occupations List (SOL), resulting in several key recommendations which were published on 3 October 2023. The review proposed the inclusion of eight occupations in the Shortage Occupations List and suggested the addition of two more occupations exclusively to the Scotland-only Shortage Occupations List.


It's essential to emphasise that your occupation doesn't necessarily need to appear on the Shortage Occupations List to be eligible for a UK Skilled Worker Visa or a Health and Care Worker Visa. However, having your job listed on the Skilled Worker Shortage Occupations List or the Healthcare and Eduction list offers the advantage of reduced visa application fees.


Recommended Additions Shortage Occupations List


The jobs which Migration Advisory Committee recommended be added to the Shortage Occupations List are:

SOC Code

Job Title

Region

Conditions

3111

Laboratory Technications

UK-wide

Add only Laboratory technicians with 3 or more years’ full-time experience

3217

Pharmaceutical Technicians

UK-wide

5312

Bricklayers and masons

UK-wide

5313

Roofers, roof tilers and slaters

UK-wide

​5319

Construction and building trades

UK-wide

Add only job title “retrofitters” on the SOL

6139

Animal care services occupations

UK-wide

Add only job titles “racing grooms”, “stallion handlers”, “stud grooms”, “stud hands”, “stud handlers” and “work riders”

6145

Care workers and home carers

UK-wide

Private households or individuals (other than sole traders sponsoring someone to work for their business) cannot sponsor SW applicants

6146

Senior care workers

UK-wide

1213

Managers and proprietors in forestry, fishing and related services

Scotland

Add only job title “fishing boat masters”

5236

Boat and Ship builder and repairers

Scotland

Wondering if your job is already on the list? Try our UK Skilled Worker Calculator and see if your job qualifies!









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