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The shortage occupation list should be expanded

The shortage occupation list (SOL) needs to include other occupations. MAC has published its review of the SOL following an extensive period of consultation. The last SOL was reviewed in 2013.

The advantages of being on the shortage occupation list are as follows:

  • Not having to conduct a Resident Labour market test.
  • Exemption from the minimum income threshold for settlement.
  • Visa fees are lower.
  • Allocation of Cos is given priority.

If its recommendation is taken forward, it will mean the list will cover around 9% of jobs in the UK labour market, compared with just 1% under the current list.

MAC recommends that certain health, engineering, science, digital jobs are added to the list. If you require assistance with sponsoring non EU workers please contact Leena Chouhan at