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The UK Border Agency has published the latest approved shortage occupation lists for Tier 2 of the points-based System, largely following recommendations by the Migration Advisory Committee (MAC) in April. 

The new list includes for the first time Care Assistants and Home Carers at a reduced qualification and experience threshold.

Under the Work Permit scheme, which was replaced by Tier 2 last November, a skilled Senior Care Worker had to be qualified to NQF (National Qualification Framework) level 3 and have three years relevant experience. 

The Government have followed the independent committee’s recommendation that the qualification threshold for overseas Social Care Workers be changed to NQF Level 2, the relevant experience to just two years and the minimum salary cut from £8.80 to £7.80. 

What’s in a name? 

Although MAC recommendations state that ‘Care Assistants’ be included on the shortage list, the UK Border Agency (UKBA) list states that “only the following job title within this occupation: skilled senior care worker” and with “and will have supervisory responsibilities”. 

Care Assistants, unlike Senior Care Assistants, do not usually have supervisory experience and this will no doubt cause some confusion and debate. 

The UKBA add a separate note where “there is a requirement for senior care workers to be qualified at NQF level 3 or above (currently only the case in Scotland and Wales)”. 

The revised list may be welcomed in the Care Sector, as well as Senior Carers on Work Permits and NVQ students hoping to get one, but the minimum salary level remains too high for many employers. 

Evelie Padadac of Immigration Adviser’s Bison UK said:

“I have already been advising clients about this shortage occupation list for Care Assistants, but the difficulty is that employers are not willing or able to pay the £7.80 per hour”. 

Skilled Chefs are on the shortage menu for jobs paying at least £8.45 per hour, but are under review over the next 6 months. 

Nurses are included, but only in theatre, critical care (critical units with a level 2 or level 3 classification) and operating department practitioners. 

Social workers are restricted to those working in children’s and family services. 

Other shortage occupations

Other occupations to make the list include: Maths and science Teachers at secondary level, Medical practitioners in certain specialist areas at Consultant level, for instance in chemical pathology, clinical neurophysiology, and at non-consultant level in specific areas like anaesthetics, emergency medicine, general surgery and intensive care medicine. 

Pharmacists/Pharmacologists, Medical Radiographers, Dental practitioners, Medical and Dental Technicians, Speech and Language Therapists, Therapists (n.e.c), Biological Scientists and Biochemists and Veterinarians make the list with strict conditions. 

In the arts, Photographers and Audio Visual equipment operators, Orchestral Musicians and Dancers and Choreographers make the list but in specialist areas only. 

Sponsoring employers must refer to the Tier 2 ‘codes of practice’ for detailed information on appropriate salary rates, and on the evidence they need to keep to show that the shortage occupation criteria have been met, otherwise your non-EU employee may be refused. See related article: Tier 2 Certificate of Sponsorship from an employer does not guarantee you a working visa 

For full details of the shortage occupations list see: http://www.ukba.homeoffice.gov.uk/sitecontent/documents/workingintheuk/shortageoccupationlist

See also: UKBA introduce new fee for technical changes on work permit employment notifications

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23 Responses to “New Government-approved shortage occupation lists for Tier 2 of the Points Based System”
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  1. may chua says :

    hi
    I got my ILR now, .im a senior care assistant but not recognised as one. They said i need nvq 3 first..my previous working permit says im a senior care assistant. I have my uk naric saying that im on n/svq level 4 do i need to take nvq3? Im confused. Thank you

  2. Stewart says :

    Re: Although MAC recommendations state that ‘Care Assistants’ be included on the shortage list, the UK Border Agency (UKBA) list states that “only the following job title within this occupation: skilled senior care worker” and with “and will have supervisory responsibilities”.

    Care Assistants, unlike Senior Care Assistants, do not usually have supervisory experience and this will no doubt cause some confusion and debate.

    “In England, Northern Ireland and Scotland, “supervisory responsibilities” requires that, as part of their regular daily duties, the individual will have responsibility for front line supervision and monitoring of care workers and care assistants, be in charge of a shift of workers and take responsibility for the smooth running of the service whilst they are on duty. They will respond to emergencies and provide guidance and support to care workers.”

  3. i arrived in wales last may 3,2007 as a senior healthcare assistant post what will i do please help many thanks..

  4. naeem akhtar says :

    I was working for an organization under TIER 2 when i was offered an employment with another organization, I transferred my TIER2 to new employer but they withdrew the job offer.
    now my current employer willing to take me back.

    how they can do so when they already had a sponsor certificate for me previously
    do they need to re advertise the job for getting sponsor certificate or they can get the sponsor certificate with advertisement.

    please advice

  5. was just wondering if its possible to change employers after obtaining a tier 2 but never started work with the first employer just changed my mind and would like to look for another sponsor lm not sure if that is possible please help

  6. i need to registar my restaurant under tier2… is ny one know about that plz let me know….

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  11. Nishad says :

    Dear Sir Kelly,

    I need your help and suggestion. I was working in the UK for five years when my Asylum case failed, I did not appeal but I stayed back.After five years home office sent me back but without any dep. stamp they have returned my passport. Home office said that your record is very good so that you can come back next day when I asked them.My boyfriend is British, he wants me there but he cant show bank statement because he doesn’t have that much money in the bank, he is not under public fund also.I;m waiting three years now just for the bank statement I cant be with him.I’m suffering for that. I have no body to help me.

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  14. I arrived here as work permit last Nov.2005, senior healthcare assistant post, am i being affected for upcoming law changes of ILR? Are there any plan that it might affect my settlement until Nov. 2010? Pls. help..

  15. Redfunny Zhangazha says :

    I am for an Employer to apply a work permit for me .Please if anyone is aware of the process or procedure.
    Many thanks
    Red

  16. IS there any difference between senior support worker and senior care assistant?

  17. You should take advice form an OISC registered adviser. You need five years of work to gain ILR.

  18. nylana says :

    Hi ! I am working here for 3 years now,I have a five year work visa as senior care assistant, my visa expires Feb 27, 2011 but I came here April 17,2006,will I still be able to get ILR even if I am 2 months short? I am really worried.I have my dependants here with me as well.If I change my employer,will I undergo point based system? please help .Thank you.

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    hi
    Its realy a good opportunity 4 care sector.anyway currently can i switch student visa 2 work permit and working as senior care worker more than 4years and finished NVQ-2.
    Thanks
    almas

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