UK Shortage Occupation List

The UK Shortage Occupations List consists of all the occupations that are currently going through the shortage of skilled workers. The occupations that are in high demand in the UK and need to be filled immediately are authorized by the Migration Advisory Committee (MAC).

What is a Resident Labour Market Test?

The UK employers with Tier 2 Sponsorship License who want to hire an overseas immigrant or outside of Europe Economic Area(EEA) on a Tier 2 General Visa need to go through the Resident Labour Market Test. In the UK, an advertisement is done for the citizens of European Economic Area (EEA) for skilled jobs.

Under this test, employers need Tier 2 sponsorship License to prove UK Immigration authorities that ‘no settle worker’ is applicable to the role of Tier2 worker. If by chance, the settle worker with appropriate skills and experience is applicable for the role then, in that case, an employer can’t hire a migrant despite the more skills and experience. An employer is eligible to recruit a migrant over a settled worker if the role is applicable to Ph.D Level as per the National Occupational Classification Work.

A settle worker is :

a) a UK National,

b)an European Economical Area (EEA) National that are  processing the ‘treaty right ‘ to work in UK(EU treaty allows the free movement within the states of UK).

c) UK Territory Overseas Citizens (except the citizens of Sovereign Base Areas in Cyprus )

If an employer wants to hire a Tier-2 worker, without facing the Resident Labour Market Test then, his role of duty would be for 30 hours per week with minimum salary shown below.

 

The UK Shortage Occupation List is given below:

 

SOC Code and occupation categoryOccupations IncludedMinimum Salary
1123

Production managers

Production 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
Entry level: £20,800

Experienced: £37,600

2113

Physical scientists

Physical 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
Entry level: £21,000

Experienced: £27,200

2121

Civil engineers

Civil 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
Entry level: £22,800

Experienced: £30,00

2122

Mechanical engineers

  • Mechanical engineer in the oil and gas industries
Entry level: £27,400

Experienced: £32,900

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
Power system engineer,
Control engineer, or
Protection engineer in electricity transmission
and distribution:
£32,500(Other engineers) Entry level: £24,800(Other engineers) Experienced: £35,600
2124

Electronics engineers

  • Specialist electronics engineer in automotive manufacturing and design

 

Electronics engineers in the railway industry:

 

  • Signalling design manager
  • Signalling design engineer
  • Signalling principles designer
  • Senior signalling design checker
  • Signalling design checker
  • Signalling systems engineer
Entry level: £25,200

Experienced: £31,300

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
Entry level: £25,300

Experienced: £32,100

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
Entry level: £22,900

Experienced: £30,000

 

2129

Engineering professionals

 

Engineering 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
 

 

Entry level: £26,100

Experienced: £32,000

2133

IT specialist managers

 

 

  • IT 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
 

Entry level: £26, 500

Experienced: £40,300

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
 

 

Entry level: £24,000

Experienced: £31,100

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
 

Entry level: £20,800

Experienced: £29,900

2142 Environmental ProfessionalsEnvironmental Professionals in construction related ground engineering:

 

  • Contaminated land specialist
  • Geoenvironmental specialist
  • Landfill engineer
 

Entry level: £20,800

Experienced: £24,300

2211

Medical practitioners

Medical 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
  • Paediatrics

 

Trainees:

 

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