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Changes to the shortage occupation list – More IT jobs added

In May, the Migration Advisory Committee (MAC) published its full review of the Shortage Occupation List (SOL), the first time the SOL had been looked at in six years.

MAC recommended that they add more IT roles within the list for example, business analyst, systems designers, programmers and software development professionals.

What does this mean? The government accepts that there is a lack of skilled IT professionals available to businesses within the UK labour market.

Good news for IT companies recruiting workers in this industry as this shows that there is a lack of workers in the UK. This means that the companies do not need to advertise for these roles. The visa fees are lower and there is no waiting the ’28 days’ to receive the Certificate of Sponsorship.

If you would like any more information about this process, please contact Leena Chouhan on 0203 818 5433 or email: