Shortage of digital talent in the UK: the MAC is calling for evidence

The Migration Advisory Committee has received its commission to conduct a partial review of the jobs in shortage occupation list including digital technology jobs and will host three sessions in October to gather evidence from employers. Find out you can participate to this call for evidence and make recruiting migrants in the health, digital and electricity generating sector easier.

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This September, the Migration Advisory Committee (MAC) has been asked by the UK Gov to review some occupations and job titles for the health, the (ICT) Digital and Electricity generating sector for inclusion on the shortage occupation list. It is time for employers in the sector to voice out which jobs they are having difficulties to find suitable workers for on the local market. This call might results in changes in the next months over immigration rules for employers recruiting foreigners in these sectors.

The call of evidence

The MAC last conducted a review of all occupations and job titles in 2012/2013. Since then, the Government has been made aware of a small number of occupations and job titles where there may be a case for inclusion on or removal from the shortage list. The Government has now asked the MAC to conduct a partial review of a small number of occupations and job titles into a limited number of areas; namely:

 in some parts of the health sector;

 some of the information and communications technology (ICT) sector

 of overhead linesworkers within the electricity generating sector.

The MAC is asked to review the above occupations to determine whether there is a shortage of labour in the occupation, or in relation to specific jobs within that occupation, that it would be sensible to fill using labour from outside the European Union.

3 sessions coming up

The MAC has placed a call for evidence on their website. They will organise meetings with employers of those sectors over three sessions organised in October and November as follows:

 Linesworkers 3 October 2014 10.30 to 12.30

 Digital technology 17 October 2014 10.30 to 12.30

 Health sector 7 November 2014 2.00 to 4.00

Each of these sessions will be held in London at 2 Marsham Street, London SW1P 4DF. If you would like to attend one of these sessions, please contact the MAC secretariat (TEL:020 7035 1764) who will provide you with instructions on how to attend.

Responses to this call for evidence can be sent direct to the MAC at: mac@homeoffice.gsi.gov.uk

The closing date for this call for evidence is 5 December 2014, though partners are strongly encouraged to submit their evidence earlier if they can.

Find out more on the Resident Labour Market test an employer has to pass before employing a migrant worker, or just ask an immigration expert for free on migreat.com

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