The Government has published its response to the Migration Advisory Committee’s recommendations following its review of the shortage occupation lists.
Occupations are put on the lists if there is a shortage of resident workers to fill skilled jobs in those occupations.
For other skilled jobs, employers must complete a resident labour market test before recruiting workers from outside the European Economic Area.
Borders and Immigration Minister Phil Woolas said:
‘The reduced job shortage list means migrants can only fill skilled vacancies through this route where there is a significant shortage of local workers to do the work. This does not mean that all jobs on the list will go to foreign workers. In fact, only a small proportion of these jobs, which employers are unable to fill with British workers and those already here, will go to people from outside Europe.
‘Any skilled job not on this list must now be advertised in a Jobcentre Plus – giving British workers and those already here the chance to apply for them first.
‘This is yet another example of how the government can use the flexibility of the points-based system to ensure migration works for everyone in these changing economic times.’
The independent Migration Advisory Committee (MAC) recommended that the qualification threshold for overseas Social Care Workers be changed to NQF (National Qualification Framework)/NVQ (National Vocational Qualification) Level 2 and the minimum salary cut from £8.80 to £7.80.
MAC’s recommendations will be welcome news for the Care Sector, Senior Carers and NVQ Health and Social Care students.
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