Author: Ashley Cowburn
A big increase in skilled immigration from outside the EU is needed to plug gaps in key jobs amid considerable Brexit uncertainty, according to an official review for the Home Office.
The report from the influential Migration Advisory Committee (MAC) calls on ministers to significantly expand the UK’s list of understaffed occupations.
It recommends adding roles such as architects, web designers, psychologists and veterinarians for the first time to the list.
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Other occupations that are already listed should be extended to cover all roles within the category, including medical practitioners, artists and civil engineers, the MAC’s report added.
It calls on ministers to increase the shortage list from 1 per cent of jobs in Britain’s labour market to 9 per cent – placing around 2.5 million workers on the Shortage Occupation List (SOL).
Jobs that fall under the SOL entail certain benefits, such as applicants and their families facing lower visa application fees and no requirement to meet the £35,800 salary threshold required for settlement in the UK after five years.