Shortage occupation list call for evidence - two weeks left to submit your evidence

Hospital and emergency staff

12 / 6 / 2014 9.53am

The Centre for Workforce Intelligence (CfWI) is consulting with key stakeholders about current and anticipated workforce shortages through a call for evidence survey. The survey has been designed to assess requirements for occupations that should be included on the National Shortage Occupation List (NSOL). The results will be submitted to the Department of Health and Health Education England. The information will also be provided to the Migration Advisory Committee (MAC) to support a potential review of the NSOL later in the year. 

What is the National Shortage Occupation List (NSOL)?

The NSOL facilitates the recruitment of individuals to occupations included on the list, by permitting employers to issue a Tier 2 certificate of sponsorship, without fulfilling the Resident Labour Market Test (RLMT) requirement. 

It is very important to note that employers can still recruit to occupations not on the list, but appointments are subject to demonstrating that the role meets the RLMT.

What information should employers submit?

In order for an occupation to be included on the list, criteria includes that the occupation must be:

  • skilled to National Qualifications Framework (NQF) level six or above
  • evidenced as a shortage in England
  • a shortage across all geographic regions in England
  • ongoing and sustained
  • demonstrated that it has not been resolved through supply levers
  • demonstrated that it cannot be sensibly met by recruiting from other UK countries or from within the EEA. 

Completing the survey

The survey is available for completion until 30 June 2014 and helpful guidance explains in detail the process and information required. 

The NHS Employers organisation will be providing CfWI with the information we have gathered from employers over the last 12 months. We also encourage employers to respond directly to CfWI with evidence of workforce shortages and the solutions you have tried to overcome the supply challenges. 

If you have any questions regarding the survey please contact please contact or 020 7803 2707. 

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