News Archive - September 2019

Easier UK Work Permits Available After Government Expands Shortage Occupation List

13 Sep 2019 | Carl Thomas

British companies could have easier access to the skilled workers that they need after a new update was announced to the Shortage Occupation List on the 9th of September. The government under Boris Johnson revealed that individuals in search of a UK work permit for occupations like architect, veterinarian and web designer might be able to access UK visas more easily.

As part of the shortage occupation list (SOL), architects, web designers and veterinarians will have priority in securing a tier 2 work permit. The update to the SOL also means that employers in Britain will be able to advertise job vacancies for those occupations to all nationalities, making it easier to secure more international talent.

Commenting on the updated list, the Immigration Minister, Seema Kennedy said that giving British businesses access to the best and brightest in global talent has always been crucial to the government. Boris Johnson and his government want to make it easier for employers to access the skilled workers that they need, which also means making the UK work permit more accessible. The tier 2 work permit shortage occupation list is a range of occupations now recognised by the migration advisory committee as being in national shortage.

The Home office has also recently streamlined the English language testing guidelines to ensure that midwives, doctors, and nurses that have already passed a language test approved by a relevant professional body won't need to sit an examination again before accessing their UK visas. This change will ensure that medical practices and hospitals within the UK will be able to find the staff they need more quickly.

The UK government has also noted that it will be moving to a new skills-based system for the UK work permit after the country leaves the European Union. This will mean that EU citizens will not be able to move, live, and work in the UK, making the demand for a more accurate shortage list more crucial than ever.