Update of shortage occupation list 

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17 / 4 / 2015 8.44am

As of April 2015, an updated version of the shortage occupation list is in operation.  The list has been amended following a partial review by the Migration Advisory Committee at the end of 2014.

The shortage occupation list (SOL) is an official list of occupations where there are not currently enough resident UK workers to fill vacancies.  If a job is on the SOL, employers can recruit a worker from outside of the European Economic Area (EEA) to the vacancy without having to meet the conditions of the resident labour market test (RLMT) that usually apply as part of the tier 2 visa process.

The full SOL contains roles across different sectors and industries in the UK, including some roles within the health sector. The new changes relevant to employers in the NHS are summarised below.

Added to the SOL as of April 2015

Removed from the SOL as of April 2015
Consultants in clinical radiology
Consultants in haematology
Non-consultant, non-training roles in paediatrics
Non-consultant, non-training medical roles in anaesthetics, rehabilitation medicine, psychiatry (excluding old age psychiatry), and general medical specialities delivering acute care services (intensive care medicine, general internal medicine {acute})

Core trainees in psychiatry
HPC registered therapeutic radiographers
Trainee roles in emergency medicine

Specialist nurses working in neonatal intensive care units

Paramedics (qualified to NQF6+)
Prosthetists and orthotists

Various other health jobs have been retained on the SOL.  The full list and minimum salary rates are available from the UK Visas and Immigration website. 

General nursing has not been added to the SOL as part of this review.  It is important for employers to note they can still start or continue any international recruitment of nurses (or other roles not on the SOL), as long as the RLMT and other tier 2 visa conditions are met.

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