he Migration Advisory Committee has published a call for evidence on the Shortage Occupation List (SOL).

The SOL comprises occupations and job titles held to be in shortage either across the UK, or in Scotland only, where it would be sensible to fill through non-EEA migration. Job titles on the SOL are not required to undertake the Resident Labour Market Test or meet the five-year salary threshold for settlement. Shortage Occupation roles are also given priority over non-SOL roles where the cap on Certificates of Sponsorship has been reached in any given month.

The MAC has indicated that in cases where occupations are currently on the SOL, evidence is still required for them to remain on the list.

The MAC have created a form for businesses and organisations to submit evidence, which can be accessed through their website. The MAC request evidence on:

  • Number of employees
  • Job titles, descriptions and standardised ONS descriptions
  • Salary
  • Work experience level
  • Qualification level
  • Reason for shortage
  • Length of shortage
  • Measure taken to reduce shortage
  • Experience of Tier 2 system

The MAC have also confirmed that the review of the SOL will take place in its current context, and not in relation to EU Exit. The Government is due to publish a White Paper on the future immigration system in the autumn. Therefore, please respond with evidence on your experience with the current non-EEA immigration system.

We would encourage you to respond to this call for evidence, as the SOL was last reviewed 5 years ago and therefore expect to see amendments to roles to allow for shifts in the economy and labour market trends.

BEIS will also be submitting formal evidence to the MAC. If you have any points you would like to highlight to BEIS officials, please do not hesitate to get in contact with either myself or members of the BEIS Migration Team: Helen Delima (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) and Naomi Munro-Lott (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.).

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