More Tier 2 job titles to be included on SOL

Earlier this year, we reported that the MAC is reviewing the Tier 2 job titles on the Shortage Occupation List. Breytenbachs can now confirm that the UK Government has accepted recommendations by the Migration Advisory Committee (MAC).

The changes will hopefully come into effect with the British Autumn Immigration rule changes.

What are the advantages for Tier 2 job titles to be on the Shortage Occupation List?

Tier 2 job titles on the Tier 2 Shortage Occupation List, makes it easier for applicants to apply, qualify and settle in the UK.

The employer also benefits if a job title is on the SOL. The employer does not need to do a Resident Labour Market Test (RLMT). If a job title is NOT on the Shortage Occupation List, the UK employer have to prove that there was an attempt to recruit persons from within the UK. As soon as a job title is on the SOL, this is no longer required, making it easier for the UK employer to recruit a non-EU citizen.

If a job title is on the SOL at any point during the five years leading to settlement in the UK, the person does not have to fulfil the Minimum Income Threshold. This minimum income threshold is currently at £35,000 per annum. Persons with a job title on the SOL, thus do not have to fulfil this hefty requirement, making it much easier to settle in the UK after five years!

The visa application fees for job titles on SOL is lower than for other Tier 2 visa application fees. The visa application fees for the dependents of the main visa applicant are also lower.

If the monthly cap on restricted Certificates of Sponsorship is reached, the job titles on SOL are prioritised. It is thus very unlikely that jobs on the SOL will get turned down due to the cap.

Tier 2 job titles soon on the Shortage Occupation List

  • All jobs in the occupation code for biological scientists and biochemists;
  • Civil engineers, Mechanical engineers, electrical engineers, design and development engineers, production and process engineers, engineering professionals;
  • All jobs in the occupation code IT business analysts, architects and system designers;
  • Programmers and software development professionals, web design and development professionals;
    Medical practitioners, Psychologists, Veterinarians, Medical radiographers, Occupational Therapists, Speech and Language Therapists, Nurses;
  • Secondary Education teachers in the subjects of Maths, Physics, Science, Computer Science and Mandarin;
  • Architects;
  • Social Workers;
  • Paramedics;
  • Some jobs in the Occupation code, Dancers and Choreographers and Musicians;
  • All jobs in the occupation code Graphic Designers; and
  • Some jobs in the Welding trades.

These Tier 2 job titles are not on the Shortage Occupation List at present. Breytenbachs will inform clients as soon we receive final confirmation. We expect an announcement in this regard during November 2019. You can read more on the Tier 2 Skilled Worker route here.