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UNITED KINGDOM: New Call for Evidence from the Migration Advisory Committee

The Migration Advisory Committee (MAC) has just issued a call for evidence on the Shortage Occupation List (SOL) in response to the following questions:

  1. Are there any occupations skilled to NQF 6+ that should be added to the SOL, due to the scarcity of suitably skilled resident workers?
  2. Should inclusion in the SOL be a temporary measure and if so, what would be an appropriate period? Should removal after a prescribed period of time be automatic or should there be exceptions? For those occupations that have been on the list for over two years, should there be transitional measures introduced to allow for removal if appropriate to do so?
  3. Should occupations in the creative sector, including artists, authors, actors, dancers and designers, continue to be included in the Tier 2 graduate occupation list, even though they are not skilled to NQF 6+? If so, on what terms?
  4. Should other occupations not skilled to NQF 6+ that currently appear on the SOL remain there and, if so, what is the justification for this?

It is strongly recommended that employers provide evidence relating to the SOL, particularly if the employer currently recruits migrants for positions on the shortage list. Evidence should be provided by November 30.

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