The Government has today accepted recommendations from the Migration Advisory Committee (MAC) which will result in the number of jobs available to migrants being reduced. This was initially reported in our news item of 15 September 2011 which is available here.

The changes will see the number of occupations on the list dropping by 40,000, from 230,000 to 190,000 and the changes will come into force from 14 November 2011.

Occupations which the MAC has recommended are removed include:

  • secondary school biology teachers;
  • speech and language therapists;
  • pharmacists;
  • orthoptists;
  • veterinary surgeons; and
  • rank and file orchestral musicians (this will not be removed until discussions have taken place with the industry regarding the resident labour market test).

The Government has agreed that the following occupations will be added to the list:

  • actuaries; 
  • high integrity pipe welders;
  • environmental scientists; and
  • geochemists.

The UKBA has clarified that for applications covered by the annual limit, the updated list will apply to all applications by tier 2 sponsors for restricted certificates of sponsorship (CoS) made on or after 14 November 2011. For applications outside the annual limit, the new list will apply to all unrestricted certificates of sponsorship assigned to migrants on or after 14 November 2011.

To access the updated list, please click here.