Shortage Occupation List: Updated 2016

* Please note this is continuously updating itself, if in any doubt please contact a representative at our office.


This document sets out the official Shortage Occupation List for Tier 2 of the Points-Based System. There is one list covering the whole of the UK and an additional list for Scotland. To qualify under the Scotland list, the job must be based in Scotland. Notes on additional requirements for certain jobs appear at the end of this document. The SOC codes used in this document relate to the Standard Occupational Classification (SOC) 2010. For further information about SOC codes, please refer to the Codes of Practice for Skilled Workers. The job must be paid the minimum salary rates shown below, which are taken from the Codes of Practice. If you are sponsoring a migrant worker in a shortage occupation, the job must be for at least 30 hours a week 

If the job is on the shortage occupation list then an employer can offer the job to an overseas person without having first fulfilled the resident labour market test by advertising the vacancy in the UK.

The list can be found at:


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