Call for evidence on the shortage occupation list

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The Migration Advisory Committee (MAC) is inviting stakeholders to provide evidence on occupations in the UK that are in short supply to inform their review of the shortage occupation list.  

The MAC is taking a new approach to this latest call for evidence and is focusing on specific job titles.

To be eligible for the shortage occupation list, job titles must: 

  • show demonstrable national shortages that cannot be filled from within the domestic labour market 
  • be skilled to the required level set by the Home Office 
  • demonstrate that it is sensible to seek to fill vacancies with migrant labour outside of the European Economic Area (EEA). 

The MAC is inviting evidence of job titles from Regulated Qualifications Framework (RQF) level 1 and above to determine current national UK shortages, however they have noted that they may only make recommendations for jobs skilled at RQF level 6 and above as per current Home Office requirements. This differs from previous reviews of the list and the MAC explains that in light of uncertainty around Brexit and its recent report on EEA migration in the UK, it’s deemed worthwhile to gather a full picture of workforce shortages.

Next steps and how to submit your response 

We would urge employers to submit their own evidence of shortages at a local level directly to the MAC. Responses must be submitted via the online form by 11:45pm on 6 January 2019.

NHS Employers is using available workforce data to build a robust submission to the MAC on behalf of employers in the NHS. If you wish to share any views directly with us, please send these to   

The MAC will be hosting a series of regional events across the UK to engage with stakeholders. Dates and locations of these events will be announced on the MAC website

The full call for evidence documentation can be downloaded from the government website


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