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MAC calls for evidence on labour shortages in the UK

20 November 2018

On 13 November the Migration Advisory Committee (MAC) launched a call for evidence from employers and other interested parties to feed into its full review of the shortage occupation list. Jobs on this list are currently exempt from resident labour market testing requirements and from meeting the minimum salary otherwise required at the point of applying for settlement (currently £35,500).

The current list only includes job titles at level 6 of the Regulated Qualifications Framework. However, in view of the fact that substantial amendments to the immigration system will need to be made following Brexit, the MAC is seeking evidence on shortages in all job titles, irrespective of skill level. The shortages identified may be national, or in Scotland only.

Those responding are asked to provide information on the specific job titles they feel should be included on the shortage occupation list, using an online form. The deadline for submissions is 6 January 2019.

The MAC is also intending to publish information about stakeholder events to be held around the UK. Once this is published, interested individuals can request to attend by sending an email to the MAC. Further consultation may also be sought with industry professionals once the responses to the call for evidence have been analysed.

The MAC’s report setting out its findings and recommendations is due to be published in spring 2019.

If you have any queries, please do get in touch with a member of the immigration team or your usual contact.

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