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Calling all overseas vets, architects and web designers and other skilled workers… the UK needs you!

Ironically, whilst limiting migration to the UK has been a key government policy, skill shortages have increased dramatically and employers are finding it extremely difficult to fill certain jobs.

The Migration Advisory subcommittee (MAC) has issued a report, recommending expanding the shortage occupation list to enable employers to fill skill shortages in architecture, veterinary medicine and web design. The MAC also recommends that all types of doctors, nurses, occupational, speech and language therapists as well as software developers and computer programmers should also be put on the shortage occupation list.

As the Government has limited the number of migrants who can come to the UK to 20,700 per year, the MAC has recommended that the limit should be lifted, failing which there is a danger that companies may find it harder to fill other skilled vacancies as those on the shortage occupation list will be given priority.

As part of the MAC’s analysis, they recognised that unemployment is at an all time low and the difficulties faced by employers in recruiting skilled people needs to be urgently addressed. They stressed however that their recommendations were only appropriate whilst we still have free movement of EU nationals under the immigration system in place currently. Their recommendations will be reviewed once a new immigration system is in place if and when we leave the EU.

If you wish to discuss this topic further or have any other questions, please contact the Head of Immigration, Dhruti Thakrar, or any member of the Immigration team.

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