UK Employers Welcome Engineers, Psychologists and Architects with Its Latest Shortage Occupation List

The UK’s Shortage Occupation List has been updated recently with some additions and exclusions. The purpose was to meet labor market needs and allow more migrants to fill wider range of positions in Health, IT, Education, and Engineering occupations. Recommended by the Migration Advisory Committee (MAC), the new list covers up to 9% of the jobs in the UK market as opposed to 1%, which was previously seen.

The shortage occupation list (SOL) comprises job vacancies for which there is a scarcity of local talent or skilled workers to fill these positions. Employers willing to recruit foreign workers for the listed occupations need not to carry out the “resident labor market test”- which serves as a proof that no UK resident is found suitable within the UK labour market to perform the required job, before recruiting to an overseas national.

Check Your Eligibility

The changes will be implemented this Autumn after a Certificate of Sponsorship is issued with a Tier 2 Sponsorship license. Employers in the UK are advised to review the recent changes and its considerable impact on the Tier 2 visa application as well as international recruitment activity.

How Employers will be Benefited with Recent SOL Update:

 UK businesses and employers are the most benefited as they are going to get a better access to a pool of skilled workers coming to the UK from different parts of the world. The expanded SOL includes a number of occupations that are first time added to the list. This includes architects, veterinarians and web designers, so international workers with backgrounds in these occupations have greater opportunities to migrate and find jobs related to their profiles.

Additionally, a number of strict requirements have been exempted from this list, thus making it much easier for the employers to find the right talent and place them in roles experiencing skills shortages.

 Apart from this, below are some additional benefits of the SOL expansion:

  • No need to conduct a Resident Labour Market Test (RLMT)
  • No minimum salary threshold for the incoming workers
  • Affordable visa fees
  • More priority will be given to those working in listed occupations

Which Occupations are Included?

Below is the latest Tier 2 Shortage Occupation List defining new roles and occupations in-demand in the UK labor market:

SOC Code Occupations Included
1123 – Production ManagersProduction managers in nuclear industry waste management and decommissioning:

  • Managing director
  • Programme director
  • Site Director

Production managers in electricity transmission and distribution:

  • Project manager
  • Site manager
2113- Physical scientistsPhysical scientists in construction related ground engineering:

  • Engineering geologist
  • Hydrogeologist
  • Geophysicist

Physical scientists in the oil and gas industries:

  • Geophysicist
  • Geoscientist
  • Geologist
  • Geochemist

Physical scientists in nuclear industry waste management and decommissioning:

  • Technical services manager

Physical scientists in the mining industry:

  • Staff geologist
  • Senior resource geologist
2121- Civil engineersCivil engineers in construction related ground engineering:

  • Geotechnical engineer
  • Tunnelling engineer

Civil engineers in the oil and gas industries:

  • Petroleum engineer
  • Drilling engineer
  • Completions engineer
  • Fluids engineer
  • Resevoir engineer
  • Offshore and subsea engineer
  • Control and isntrument engineer
  • Process safety engineer
  • Wells engineer

Civil engineers in the mining industry:

  • Senior mining engineer
2122- Mechanical engineersMechanical engineer in the oil and gas industries
2123- Electrical engineers
  • Electrical engineer in the oil and gas industry

Electrical engineers in electricity transmission and distribution:

  • Power system engineer
  • Control engineer
  • Protection engineer

Electrical engineers in aerospace:

  • Electrical machine design engineer
  • Power electronics engineer
2124- Electronics engineers
  • Specialist electronics engineer in automotive manufacturing and design

Electronics engineers in the railway industry:

  • Signaling design manager
  • Signaling design engineer
  • Signaling principles designer
  • Senior signaling design checker
  • Signaling design checker
  • Signaling systems engineer
2126- Design and development engineers
  • Design engineer in electricity transmission and distribution

Design and development engineers in automotive manufacturing and design:
Product development engineer 

  • Product design engineer

Design and development engineers in the electronics system industry:
Integrated circuit design engineer 

  • integrated circuit test engineer
2127- Production and process engineers
  • Chemical engineer
  • Manufacturing engineer (process planning) in the aerospace industry
  • Technical services representative in the decommissioning and waste areas of the nuclear industry
2129-Engineering professionalsEngineering professionals in electricity transmission and distribution:

  • Project engineer
  • Proposals engineer

Engineering professionals in aerospace:

  • Aerothermal engineer
  • Stress engineer
  • Chief of engineering
  • Advance tool and fixturing engineer

Engineering professionals in the civil nuclear industry’s waste management and decommissioning areas:

  • Operations manager
  • Decommissioning specialist manager
  • Project/planning engineer
  • Radioactive waste manager
  • Radiological protection advisor

Other engineering professionals in the civil nuclear industry:

  • Nuclear safety case engineer
  • Mechanical design engineer (pressure vehicles)
  • Piping design engineer
  • Mechanical design engineer (stress)
  • Thermofluids/process engineer
2123- IT Specialist ManagersIT product manager employed by a qualifying company, in a role which requires five years of appropriate experience, as well as proven experience of team leadership
2135- IT business analysts, architects, and system designers
  • Systems engineer in visual effects and 2D/3D computer animation for film, television or, video games
  • Data scientist employed by a qualifying company, in a role which requires five years of appropriate experience, as well as proven experience of team leadership
2136- Programmers and software development professionals
  • Senior developer employed by a qualifying company, in a role which requires five years of appropriate experience, as well as proven experience of team leadership

Programmers and software development professionals in visual effects and 2D/3D computer animation for film, television, or video games industries:

  • Software developer
  • Shader writer
  • Games designer

Programmers and software development professionals in the electronics system industry:

  • Driver developer
  • Embedded communications engineer
2139- Information technology and communications professionals
  • Cyber security specialist employed by a qualifying company, in a role which requires five years of appropriate experience, as well as proven experience of team leadership
2142- Environmental ProfessionalsEnvironmental Professionals in construction related ground engineering:

  • Contaminated land specialist
  • Geo environmental specialist
  • Landfill engineer
2211- Medical practitionersMedical consultants:

  • Clinical radiology consultant
  • Emergency medicine consultant
  • Old age psychiatry consultant

Non-consultant, non-training, medical staff in:

  • Emergency medicine (including specialist doctors working in accident and emergency)
  • Old age psychiatry
  • Pediatrics

Trainees:

  • CT3 trainee (emergency medicine)
  • ST4 to ST7 trainee (emergency medicine)
  • Core trainee (psychiatry)
2217- Medical Radiographers
  • HPC registered diagnostic radiographer
  • Nuclear medicine practitioner
  • Radiotherapy physics practitioner
  • Radiotherapy physics scientist
  • Sonographer
2231- Nurses
  • All nurses
2314- Secondary education teaching professionals
  • Mathematics
  • Physics
  • Chemistry
2425- Actuaries, economists, and statisticians
  • Bio-informatician
  • Informatician
2442- Social workers
  • Children’s and family services social worker
2461- Quality control and planning engineers
  • Planning / development engineer
  • Quality, health, safety and environment (QHSE) engineer
3113-Engineering technicians
  • Commissioning engineer
  • Substation electrical engineer
3213- Paramedics
  • All paramedics
3411- Artist
  • Animator in visual effects and 2D/3D computer animation for film, television, or video games industries:
3414- Dancers and choreographers
  • Classical ballet dancers
  • Contemporary dancers
3415- Musicians
  • Orchestral musicians who are leaders, principals, sub-principals or numbered string positions, and who meet the standard required by internationally recognised UK orchestras (such as the London Symphony Orchestra, London Philharmonic Orchestra, Philharmonia Orchestra and Royal Philharmonic Orchestra)
3416-Arts officers, producers, and directors
  • 2D supervisor
  • 3D supervisor
  • Computer graphics supervisor
  • producer
  • Production manager
  • Technical director
3421- Graphic designers
  • Compositing artist
  • Matte painter
  • Modeller
  • Rigger
  • Stereo artist
3541- Buyers and purchasing officers
  • Manufacturing engineer (purchasing) in aerospace
5215- Welders
  • High integrity pipe welder in a role that requires at least 3 years of appropriate work experience
5235- Aircraft maintenance and related trades
  • Licensed and military certifying engineer/inspector technician
5249- Line repairers and cable jointers
  • Overhead linesworker at Linesman Erector 2 (LE2) level and above
5434- Chefs
  • Executive chef (one per establishment)
  • Head chef (one per establishment)
  • Sous chef (one for every 4-kitchen staff)
  • Specialist chef (one per specialty)
  • All cheffing jobs must meet the following conditions:
  • Must require at least 5 years of experience in a role at the same level as the Tier 2 job
  • must not be in a fast food, standard fare, or take away establishment

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