The Migration Advisory Committee (MAC) has published its latest recommended shortage occupation list. The MAC is a non-departmental public body providing transparent, independent and evidence-based advice to the UK Government on migration issues.
The shortage occupation list recognises the jobs that are in shortage of workers from within the UK and the EEA. This means employers with a tier 2 sponsor licence are able to employ migrant workers from outside the EEA to fill shortage occupations without first having tried to fill the position with a candidate from the resident labour market. The number of workers currently employed in the job titles on the MAC's recommended list is 190,000 or less than one per cent of the UK workforce.
According to MAC's latest report, the UK still has a shortage of medical consultants, teachers (maths, chemistry and physics) as well as other professions such as skilled classical ballet dancers and highly skilled chefs. The most notable additions to the proposed shortage occupation list amongst the 33 job titles are visual effects and computer animation experts. On the other hand, 29 occupations are to be excluded, which include veterinary surgeons, file orchestral musicians and biology teachers.
The MAC has criticised the UK Government for failing to upskill the resident labour force to fill the shortage occupations. The MAC's chairman, Professor David Metcalf, says: "The MAC believes there is a strong case for cross-government engagement with the relevant sectors to fully understand why these occupations and jobs require ongoing access to migrants. And, where appropriate, to promote further initiatives to cut such dependence."
The UK Government will consider the MAC's proposal and announce the final shortage occupation list in due course.
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