On 29 September 2014 the Migration Advisory Committee (MAC) launched its latest partial call for evidence on some shortage occupations.

By way of background, the Government has received evidence to suggest that there are some issues with the supply of suitably skilled workers into a limited number of areas, namely:

  • Some parts of the information and communications technology (ICT) sector in the area of digital technology;
  • Some parts of the health sector; and
  • Overhead linesworkers within the electricity generating sector.

The Government has therefore asked the MAC to review these occupations, hence the partial call for evidence. The MAC is requesting evidence as to whether any of these occupations, or specific jobs within these occupations, should be included or removed from the Shortage Occupation List (SOL).

In addition, the MAC has stated that it will consider evidence of labour shortage in other sectors (or job titles) and will make an appropriate recommendation to the Government as to whether or not any additional occupations should be added to the SOL.

You can view a copy of the call for evidence here. This provides some background information on the MAC commission and also sets out details of the type of evidence which the MAC requires in order to develop a full response. Responses to the call for evidence must be received by Friday 5 December 2014.