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New recommendations to raise UK shortage occupation list to higher skills level and remove jobs such as Senior Care Worker announced by UK Border Agency 3 March 2011. 

The Migration Advisory Committee (MAC) has recommended that 8 job titles be removed from the UK shortage occupation list, which in effect means it will not be possible for migrant workers to obtain Tier 2 working visa for those jobs.


This follows MAC’s recommendation last month that 71 occupations be removed from the list of occupations that qualify for Tier 2 of the points-based system in a massive Tier 2 shake-up. This is to meet the government’s objective of raising the skill level of Tier 2 to National Qualifications Framework level 4 and above (NQF4+).

The agency said:

‘To bring the shortage occupation list into line with the rest of Tier 2 the MAC has recommended removing job titles including high integrity pipe welder, skilled meat boner and skilled meat trimmer and skilled senior care worker.’

‘The latter recommendation will not, however, affect care home managers and nurses working in care homes as these occupations are level NQF4+.’

Lower paid Chefs to get the chop

Other job titles are recommended for amendment, including most chefs, as MAC found that ‘only a small proportion of chefs are skilled to NQF4+’.

Chef jobs on the list are, therefore, recommended to be restricted to those requiring a ‘minimum of 5 years relevant experience and paying at least £28,260 per year’.

Chair of the MAC, Professor David Metcalf, said:

‘Placing limits on migration requires that we are far more selective and ensure only highly skilled migrant workers can come to work in the UK.

‘For instance, only the top 5% of chef jobs will be open to Tier 2 workers under these recommendations as a result of a more stringent earnings threshold.’

The MAC estimates these recommendations, if accepted, will mean Tier 2 applicants coming into the country via the shortage occupation route will only be eligible for approximately 230,000 jobs (less than 1 per cent of the labour market), down from 1 million jobs when the MAC produced its first shortage occupation list in 2008. The combined impact of these recommendations plus those made by the MAC last month will be that the proportion of jobs in the UK labour market at a skill level eligible for Tier 2 will fall from 56% to 39%.

The government will respond before 6 April 2011 to the MAC’s recommendations. Source: UK Border Agency.

The announcement will be a bitter blow to the care and catering industries which desperately needs staff for jobs officially recognised on the MAC recommended shortage occupations list.

MAC was set up as an independent body by the previous administration to advise the government on employment trends and to recommend a shortage list of those occupations where vacancies could not be filled by the EU labour force.

The reason they recruit overseas workers, such as Senior Carers, is they have been unable to fill posts from the resident labour market. 

In February the Home Office has unveiled details of a radical overhaul to the Tier 2 working visa route, scraping much of the sponsorship scheme employers signed up to when the Work Permit scheme was replaced by the points based system two years ago. The government has made its intention clear to slash immigration from the ‘hundreds of thousands to tens of thousands’.

 See also:

Tier 2 Working visa reforms announced by UK Border Agency

71 shortage occupations to be removed from Tier 2 visas in points-based shake up

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21 Responses to “Senior Carers to be removed from Shortage Occupations list following MAC recommendation”
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  1. Yes, this is old news now. You will need a higher qualification to have any chance of a work permit. See

  2.''jummie says:

    This is i just finished an NVQ level 3 course in health care and hoppiing to work in the uk.does it mean no more chance for that?

  3.''JOMOL JOSEPH says:


  4.''kan says:

    i am senior carer last 3year in uk i need extension

  5.''graham says:

    with all the cut back in local services there are going to be job loses in many care homes

  6.''bobby rey ranchez says:

    im a senor carer due to apply ILR next year June 2012 am i affected this rule,pls.give me an advice.thanks

  7.''leren gacusan says:

    i’m a senior carer due to apply ILR this May 2011 am i affected this rule, please give me an advice thanks

  8.''ana says:

    I am a senior carer, work permit holder for 5 yrs and am due to apply my ILR this coming august 2011. My question is am I will be affected of this recommendation about senior carer removal if they will approve it?
    Thank you and hoping for your reply..

  9. We do not know what, if any, transitional arrangements will be put in place by the Home Office for existing senior care workers on work permits or Tier 2 working visas.

  10. It is difficult to advise you without seeing the paperwork and your case in full. If your employer is the sponsor they should be aware of the rules and your suitability for the CoS. Otherwise, talk to a qualified registered immigration adviser. The rules have not changed yet but expect the UKBA to act very soon.

  11. This rules are very good to improve knowledge and work environment in UK people but as a country of humanrights you better to think about people who already employed in UK.They may sure did hard ships to get thise jobs in UK.
    Because Im one of them and I came back to my country on time.But I lost my hopes,dignity as well as high education that I was planing to continue.
    I was planing to do my IELTS in good English environment and wanted to join NMC as a operating theatre nurse,but I lost my chance.
    I’m experienced nurse,my only problem was language barrier but if you gave me a little chance to improve in English environment I could be a very good operating theatre nurse in your country and work for your people.

  12.''simon says:

    I am holding Tier2 work permit as a senior carer and expires within one and half years time. I would like to know is it possible to renew as per the new immigration rule?

  13.''maricel aquino says:

    I have am employer and willing to sponsor me for work permit as senior HCA which we are going to submit this month to UKBA.Do I have the chance to get visa? Please advise. Thanks.

  14.''maria says:

    so what happens to the senior carers from outside eu whose visa are due to expire after april 6, 2011 … will they be allowed to extend their visa?

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