Shortage occupation list

Writing on paper

The shortage occupation list is an official list of occupations for which there are not enough resident workers to fill vacancies. The Migration Advisory Committee (MAC) regularly reviews the list and calls for evidence of which occupations should be included or removed. 

About the shortage occupation list 

Migrants who come to the UK to fill a skilled job on the shortage occupation list receive an additional 20 points for featuring on the list.

A current list of shortage occupations can be found on the UK Visas and Immigration pages of the website.

How often are changes made to the shortage occupation list?

As part of the ongoing assessment around skill shortages in the UK, the MAC is commissioned to undertake regular reviews of the shortage occupation list.

On October 6 2019, the shortage occupation list was updated in line with the MAC's recommendation to add medical practitioners and several other health roles to the list. Latest recommendations by the MAC haven't been accepted by the Home Office. You can find out more in our latest news article.

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