UK businesses will have better access to skilled workers following immigration rule changes announced by the immigration minister, Seema Kennedy, on 9 September 2019.

The changes mean that jobs such as architects, web designers and vets will be added to the shortage occupation list (SOL), which will give people coming to the UK to work in these sectors priority in obtaining a Tier 2 work visa, over jobs that are not on the list. Businesses can also advertise job vacancies for the SOL listed occupations to all nationalities.

Immigration Minister Seema Kennedy said:

“Giving British based businesses the access to the brightest and best global talent is a key priority for this government.

“That is why we have made it easier for employers to hire the skilled workers, such as vets and web designers, that this country needs to flourish.”

The changes come after the Migration Advisory Committee’s found that employers were finding it extremely difficult to fill vital roles in Britain’s job market due to Brexit uncertainty.

In its report from June 2019 – commissioned by the Home Office – it called for a large increase in skilled immigration from outside the EU to fill key job vacancies. It also asked the government to significantly increase the list of understaffed occupations in the UK, including architects, vets, psychologists and web designers.

Chris Brazier, business immigration and employment partner says:

“After advising a number of businesses in the sectors mentioned above, this will come as a huge relief. Being allowed to secure the best people for the job regardless of where they’re from, will help them to grow and plan for the future.”

If your business need staff recruitment and retention advice, particularly for people coming to live in the UK, B P Collins’ business immigration team can advise. Please call Chris Brazier on 01753 279029 or email

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