29 March 2010

UK immigration recommendations for shortage occupation list

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The Migration Advisory Committee (MAC), which advises the government on migration issues, has published a report based on its third review of the shortage occupation lists for the UK and for Scotland.

UK immigration

Community pharmacists are now recommended to be included on the UK shortage occuplation list.

The UK immigration recommendations included the expansion of the pharmacists' category on the UK shortage occupation list, to include community pharmacist.

Other recommendations include removing orchestral musician jobs that are not for leaders or principals of internationally recognised UK orchestras.

The committee did not change the recommended Scotland shortage occupation list.

Every six months the MAC undertakes a partial review of the shortage occupation list, which is used in the points-based system for assessing eligibility for a UK Visa . A full review of the shortage occupation list will be released by MAC in the autumn of 2010.

The MAC provides independent, evidence-based advice on migration to the government including advice on occupations where shortages in skilled labour exist, and where migration could help meet the needs of the economy.

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