SHORTAGE OCCUPATION LIST, SEAFOOD SECTOR JOBS NOW ADDED
Since Brexit terminated free movement with the EU, Skilled Worker visas are ever more important for UK enterprises. In fact industries like construction and fishing are grappling with job vacancies they cannot fill. This is driving the need for more skilled workers in this sector. Additionally, it involves the inclusion of specific job positions into the Shortage Occupation List (SOL). Through the SOL, companies gain the prerogative to sponsor migrants on Skilled Worker visas. Indeed, employers now enjoy a reduced minimum salary benchmark and a 20 percent decrease from the current pay standards. Also, worker applicants will have reduced fees, helping to encourage new employees.
The adjustments became effective as of August 7, 2023. However, exemptions are applicable for transitions from the Student route to other immigration pathways, which have already been set in motion. Additionally for matters concerning the EU Settlement Scheme, these will take effect on August 9, 2023. Immediate implementation applies to modifications involving students and asylum seekers. However, for those looking for work, they must fulfil the requirement of having skill and filling a real ‘shortage’ in the industry.
On July 17, 2023, Statement HC 1496 was promptly succeeded by another alteration (HC 1715) just two days later. As a result, this revision added new nations to the roster of countries necessitating a visa for visiting the UK. This update took effect right away. Home Secretary Suella Braverman elucidated that this measure was essential to curb the “abuse” of the UK’s immigration framework, particularly instances where individuals legally arrived in the UK only to subsequently seek asylum. Consequently, this course of action closes off additional avenues. That is, those that were considered “legal” for entering the UK with the intention of seeking asylum. Albeit, this emerges especially when legislation is eradicating the asylum possibility for entrants through avenues deemed “illegal.”
The UK enjoys an active seafood industry, especially because of its history as an island. In fact, fishing represents some £600 million for the economy annually and provides many jobs. Additional roles offered on the SOL include trawler skippers and experienced deckhands for large ships. Training programmes for the industry are also on the agenda.
The Shortage Occupation List (SOL) is a feature of the existing Tier 2 work migration route. It lists occupations where employers face a shortage of suitable labour and where it is sensible to explore how to fill those gaps.
For a full list of shortage occupations see HERE
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