The Migration Advisory Committee (MAC) has published their recommendations for the Shortage Occupation List. In their review MAC has recommended approximately 20 occupations on the UK Shortage Occupation List which includes roles that are related to senior social care and health workers, electricians, bricklayers, butchers and graphic designers.
MAC has not advised to remove any Shortage occupations currently on the list, however the MAC has also recommended that the UK Government should implement more suitable and generous funding in order to deal with the significant shortage of individuals in healthcare roles. The MAC has made recommendation for having separate shortage occupation lists for Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland as the shortages vary.
With the new Immigration system coming in to place from 01 January 2021, the Shortage Occupation List entitles individuals who are applying to come to work in the UK a 20% discount on the specific salary threshold. The Shortage Occupation List allows a potentially sponsored migrants to be paid below the general salary threshold of £25,600 per year providing they are at least paid the minimum of £20,480 per year. The Shortage Occupation lists significance will be reduced as the new immigration system as it will not include Resident Labour Market Test (RLMT) and also having the monthly cap suspended.
Although the UK Government does not have to action the recommendations that the MAC have given, they are likely to do so as part of the New immigration system for the skilled worker route starting 01 January 2021.