Shortage occupation list changes now implemented

Doctor with stethoscope

As part of the Autumn immigration rule changes, all medical practitioners have been added to the shortage occupation list.

Other roles that have been added include:

  • occupational therapists
  • psychologists
  • radiographers
  • speech and language therapists
  • all social workers.

There is no change for nurses, who have been on the list since 2018. Nurses will still require a resident labour market test (RLMT), whereas the newly added professions will not. The changes were accepted by the government in July this year following recommendations by the Migration Advisory Committee (MAC).

You can see which professions are on the shortage occupation list on the Gov.uk website, as well as read more about the purpose of the list on our dedicated page.

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