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UNITED KINGDOM: MAC Launches Partial Call for Evidence on Shortage Occupations

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

As background, the UK government has received evidence to suggest issues with the supply of suitably skilled workers in a limited number of areas, including:

  • 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 therefore asked the MAC to review these occupations, resulting in 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 labor shortages in other sectors (or job titles) and will recommend to the government whether or not any additional occupations should be added to the SOL.

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