The Migration Advisory Committee has recently issued a call for evidence on the Shortage Occupation List.(1) It requires evidence in response to the following questions:

  • Are there any occupations skilled to National Qualifications Framework (NQF) Level 6+ that should be added to the Shortage Occupation List due to the scarcity of suitably skilled resident workers?
  • Should inclusion in the Shortage Occupation List be a temporary measure and if so, what would be an appropriate period? Should removal after a prescribed period of time be automatic or should there be exceptions? For those occupations that have been on the list for more than two years, should there be transitional measures introduced to allow for removal if appropriate to do so?
  • Should occupations in the creative sector - including artists, authors, actors, dancers and designers - continue to be included in the Tier 2 graduate occupation list, even though they are not skilled to NQF 6+? If so, on what terms?
  • Should other occupations not skilled to NQF 6+ which currently appear on the Shortage Occupation List remain there and if so, what is the justification for this?

It is strongly recommend that employers provide evidence relating to the Shortage Occupation List, particularly if they currently recruit migrants for positions on the list. Evidence should be provided by November 30 2012.

For further information on this topic please contact Ilda De Sousa at Kingsley Napley by telephone (+44 20 7814 1200), fax (+44 20 7490 2288) or email ( The Kingsley Napley website can be accessed at


(1) The current list of shortage occupations can be found here (Annex A, page 19).

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