Changes to the Shortage Occupation List

28 Jul 2023, 42 mins ago

The Shortage Occupation List outlines the jobs for which there is a lack of skilled labour in the UK. From 7 August 2023, the list will be expanded to include certain roles in the construction and fishing industries.

The following occupation codes will be added to the Shortage Occupation List on 7 August 2023: 

  • Agriculture and fishing trades not elsewhere classified
  • Bricklayers and masons
  • Roofers, roof tilers and slaters
  • Carpenters and joiners
  • Construction and building trades not elsewhere classified
  • Plasterers
  • Fishing and other elementary agriculture occupations not elsewhere classified.

There is a number of advantages to a role being on the Shortage Occupation List, including lower visa application fees and minimum salary requirements. The aim is to make employers’ access to migrant labour easier and cheaper in order to fill vacancies in short supply, so that businesses can swiftly address their immediate workforce needs, which will lead to  increased productivity and competitiveness.

Employers looking to benefit from the Shortage Occupation List will still need to have a sponsor licence in place before they can sponsor Skilled Worker visa applicants. The Home Office application process for a sponsor licence can often be time-consuming, so we advise planning ahead.

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