The changes were recommended in a report by the Migration Advisory Committee (MAC) in February 2013, following a review of the shortage occupation lists for the UK and Scotland in September 2012, on behalf of the Government.
The Government has now responded to the report and confirmed a number of changes to the shortage occupation list (SOL) and the immigration rules, which will take effect from 6 April 2013.
The changes were presented to Parliament on 14 March 2013 in a Ministerial Statement. Many of these changes were highlighted in our recent latest news article.
What the changes to the SOL mean for employers
The tables below provide details of the occupations to be retained, added and removed fro the SOL.
Employers who wish to recruit an individual from outside the European Economic Area (EEA) and Switzerland to fill a vacancy that is on the SOL, may issue a Tier 2 certificate of sponsorship (CoS) without the need to demonstrate that a resident labour market test (RLMT) has been carried out.
It is important to note that employers can still recruit from overseas if the occupation is not on the shortage occupation list, however in this situation the RLMT will apply.
Occupations to be removed from the list
|Consultant in: forensic psychiatry, general psychiatry, genito-urinary medicine, neurology, occupational medicine, psychiatry of learning disabilities and clinical neurophysiology.
||Non-consultant, non-training medical staff post in: general surgery, obstetrics and gynaecology, paediatrics, trauma and orthopaedic surgery. |
|Specialist nurse working in operating theatres
|Clinical vascular scientist
||Diagnostic radiology staff|
|Operating department practitioner
||Specialist nurse in theatres|
|Higher specialty training post (ST4) paediatrics
Occupations to be added to the list
Non-consultant, non-training medical staff posts in rehabilitation medicine and psychiatry
|Specialist nurse working in neonatal intensive care units|
Occupations to remain on the list
||Nuclear medicine scientist
|Consultant within haematology
||Consultant within emergency medicine
||Consultant within old age psychiatry|
|Non-consultant, non-training medical staff post in anaesthetics
||Non-consultant, non-training medical staff post in general medicine specialties delivering acute care services (intensive care medicine)
||Non-consultant, non-training medical staff post in general medicine specialities delivering acute care services (general internal medicine acute)|
|Non-consultant, non-training medical staff post in emergency medicine (inc specialist doctors working in A&E)
||HPC registered diagnostic radiographer
||HPC registered therapeutic radiographer and sonographer|
|Nuclear medicine technologist
Further information including the ministerial statement and statement of changes is available on the UKBA website.