05 June 2019
Home Office review advises an increase in skilled migration from outside EU
A large increase in skilled immigration from outside the EU is needed to fill key job vacancies, according to a Migration Advisory Committee (MAC) report, commissioned by the Home Office.
This recommendation comes after MAC found that employers are finding it extremely difficult to fill vital roles in Britain’s job market due to Brexit uncertainty.
The report also calls on ministers to significantly increase the list of understaffed occupations in the UK, including architects, vets, psychologists and web designers.
MAC also recommends an increase in the Shortage Occupation List (SOL) from 1 per cent of jobs in Britain’s labour market to 9 per cent, which would mean 2.5 million workers perform roles that would be on the SOL.
Jobs that fall under the SOL have particular benefits, such as applicants and their families paying lower visa application fees and no requirement to meet the £35,800 salary threshold that is needed for settlement in the UK after five years.
MAC Chair, Professor Alan Manning, said:
"Today’s Labour market is very different to the one we reviewed when the last SOL was published in 2013. Unemployment is lower and employers in various industries are facing difficulties in finding skilled people to fill their vacancies. That is why we have recommended expanding the SOL to cover a range of occupations in health, information and engineering fields.”