ANNOUNCEMENT 18 Oct 2011

On 18 October 2011, the British government accepted the recommended changes to the shortage occupations list provided by the Migration Advisory Committee (MAC). The list is important for citizens from non-EU/EFTA countries. Citizens of these countries may only apply for jobs among shortage occupations in order to enter the British labor market. The government estimates that these changes will reduce the number of jobs available to migrant workers under the shortage occupation scheme will fall by 40'000 to now 190'000.

NUMBER OF INTERVENTIONS

2

  • 1 harmful
  • 0 neutral
  • 1 liberalising

SOURCE



UK Border Agency. (2011). Reduction in jobs available to migrants. Available at http://www.ukba.homeoffice.gov.uk/sitecontent/newsarticles/2011/october/45-migrant-jobs-reduction


Inception date: 14 Nov 2011 | Removal date: open ended
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Labour market access

Effective from 14 November 2011, the following jobs shall be removed: secondary education biology teachers; speech and language therapists; pharmacists; orthoptists; veterinary surgeons. The government did not follow the MAC's recommendation to remove rank and file orchestral musicians from the list of shortage occupations.

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Inception date: 14 Nov 2011 | Removal date: open ended
Still in force

Labour market access

Furthermore, the following occupations were added to the list: actuaries; high integrity pipe welders; environmental scientists; and, geochemists.
 
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