Tier 2 Shortage Occupational List

Tier 2 Shortage Occupation List

Government-approved version: 16 March 2011

 

 

In addition to this shortage occupation list, Sponsors must also refer to the Tier 2 visa codes of practice for detailed information about occupations, appropriate salary rates, and the evidence they need to keep to show that the shortage occupation criteria have been met for the visa.

 

SOC codes relate to the Standard Occupational Classification (SOC) 2000.  For official job descriptions relating to four-digit occupations in SOC 2000, please refer to the  SOC 2000

Structure and descriptions of unit groups, published by the Office for National Statistics.

 

UK list:

 

Related occupation title

and SOC code

Job titles and skill levels included on the shortage occupation list Relevant code ofpractice
Production, works and maintenancemanagers (1121) ONLY the following job in this occupation code:•     project manager in the electricity transmission and distribution industry Section C –manufacturing

Managers in mining and energy (1123)

ONLY the following jobs in this occupation code:•     the following jobs in the electricity transmission and distribution and the electricity generation industries:-     site manager-     station manager-     shift/group leader Section B – mining and quarrying

Biological scientists

and biochemists

(2112)

ONLY the following jobs in this occupation code:•     cardiac physiologist•     clinical neurophysiologist•     clinical vascular scientist•     respiratory physiologist•     sleep physiologist Section Q –human health and social work activities

Physicists, geologists and

meteorologists

(2113)

ONLY the following jobs in this occupation code:•     engineering geologist•     hydro geologist•     geophysicist•     geoscientist•     geophysical specialist

•     engineering geophysicist

•     engineering geomorphologist

•     nuclear medicine scientist

•     radiotherapy physicist

•     staff working in diagnostic radiology (including magnetic resonance imaging)

Section M –professional, scientific and technical activities

Civil engineers

(2121)

ONLY the following jobs in this occupation code:•     geotechnical engineer•     geotechnical design engineer•     geotechnical specialist•     reservoir panel engineer•     rock mechanics engineer

•     soil mechanics engineer

•     geomechanics engineer

Section F –construction
•     tunnelling engineer•     petroleum engineer•     geoenvironmental engineer•     contaminated land engineer•     drilling engineer•     completions engineer

•     fluids engineer

•     reservoir engineer

•     status resource engineer

•     offshore and subsea engineer

•     control and instrument engineer

•     process safety engineer

•     planning drilling engineer

•     subsurface engineer

•     project civil engineer in the electricity generation industry

Mechanical engineers (2122) ONLY the following jobs in this occupation code:•     mechanical engineer in the electricity transmission and distribution industry•     mechanical engineer in the electricity generation industry Section M –professional, scientific and technical activities
Electrical engineers (2123) ONLY the following jobs in this occupation code:•     all electrical engineers in the oil and gas industry•     all electrical engineers in the electricity transmission and distribution industry, including the following:-     power system engineer-     control engineer-     protection engineer

-     project control engineer

-     control and instrumentation engineer

-     assistant engineer

Section M – professional, scientific andtechnicalactivities
Chemical engineers (2125) ALL jobs in this occupation code Section M – professional, scientific and technical activities

Design and development engineers (2126)

ONLY the following job in this occupation code:•     design engineer in the electricity transmission and distribution industry Section C –manufacturing

Production and process engineers (2127)

ONLY the following jobs in this occupation code:•     plant process engineer in the electricity transmission and distribution industry Section C –manufacturing

Planning and quality control

engineers (2128)

ONLY the following jobs in this occupation code:

•     the following jobs in the electricity transmission and distribution industry:

-     planning / development engineer

-     quality, health, safety and environment engineer

Section M –professional, scientific and technical activities
Engineering professionals not ONLY the following jobs in this occupation code:•     the following jobs in the electricity transmission and Section M –professional,
elsewhere classified (2129) distribution industry:-     project engineer-     proposals engineer scientific and technical activities

Medical practitioners

(2211)

ONLY the following jobs in this occupation code:•     Consultants in the following specialities:-     audiological medicine-     genito-urinary medicine-     haematology-     medical microbiology and virology

-     neurology

-     nuclear medicine

-     obstetrics and gynaecology

-     occupational medicine

-     paediatric surgery

•     Consultants in the following specialities of psychiatry:

-     forensic psychiatry

-     general psychiatry

-     learning disabilities psychiatry

-     old age psychiatry

•     Non-consultant, non-training, medical staff posts in the following specialities:

-     anaesthetics

-     paediatrics and general medicine specialities delivering acute care services (intensive care medicine, general internal medicine (acute), emergency medicine, general surgery, obstetrics and gynaecology, and trauma and orthopaedic

surgery)

•     ST4 level trainees in paediatrics

Section Q –human health and social work activities

Pharmacists/ pharmacologists (2213)

ALL jobs in this occupation code Section Q – human health and socialwork activities

Dental practitioners (2215)

ONLY the following job in this occupation code:•     consultants in paediatric dentistry Section Q – human health and socialwork activities

Veterinarians

(2216)

ONLY the following job in this occupation code:•     veterinary surgeonMust be registered as a member of the Royal College ofVeterinary Surgeons (RCVS) to work in the UK. Section S –other service activities

Secondary education

teaching

professionals

(2314)

ONLY the following jobs in this occupation code:•     secondary education teachers in the subjects of maths or pure sciences (physics, chemistry, biology and any combinations of these) Section P –education

Special needs education

teaching

professionals

(2316)

ONLY the following jobs in this occupation code:•     all teaching posts in special schools Section P –education

Social workers

(2442)

ONLY the following job in this occupation code:•     social worker in children’s and family services Section Q – human health and socialwork activities

Engineering

Technicians

(3113)

ONLY the following job in this occupation code:•     commissioning engineerThis SOC code is not an overall graduate level occupation. Please refer to the NVQ level 3 occupation codes of practice for details. Section M –professional, scientific and technical activities (NVQ level 3 codes of practice)

Science and engineering technicians not elsewhere

classified (3119)

ONLY the following job in this occupation code:•     production controller in the electricity generation industryThis SOC code is not an overall graduate level occupation. Please refer to the NVQ level 3 occupation codes of practice for details. Section M – professional, scientific and technicalactivities(NVQ level 3 codes of practice)
Nurses (3211) ONLY the following jobs in this occupation code:•     specialist nurse working in operating theatres•     operating department practitioner•     specialist nurse working in neonatal intensive care units Section Q –human health and social work activities

Medical radiographers (3214)

ONLY the following jobs in this occupation code:•     HPC-registered diagnostic radiographer•     HPC-registered therapeutic radiographer•     sonographer Section Q – human health and social work activities

Medical and dental technicians

(3218)

ONLY the following jobs in this occupation code:•     nuclear medicine technologist•     radiotherapy technologist Section Q – human health and socialwork activities

Speech and language

therapists (3223)

ONLY the following job in this occupation code:•     speech and language therapist at Agenda for Change bands 7+ or their independent sector equivalents Section Q –human health and social work activities

Therapists not elsewhere classified (3229)

ONLY the following job in this occupation code:•     HPC-registered orthoptist Section Q – human health and socialwork activities

Dancers and choreographers (3414)

ONLY the following jobs in this occupation code:•     skilled classical ballet dancers who meet the standard required by internationally recognised United Kingdom ballet companies (e.g. Birmingham Royal Ballet, English National Ballet, Northern Ballet Theatre, The Royal Ballet and Scottish Ballet). The company must either:-     have performed at or been invited to perform at venues of the calibre of the Royal Opera House, Sadler’s Wells or Barbican, either in the United Kingdom or overseas; or Section R –arts, entertainment andrecreation

 

-     attract dancers and/or choreographers and other artists from other countries; or-     be endorsed as being internationally recognised by a United Kingdom industry body such as theArts Councils (of England, Scotland and/orWales)•     skilled contemporary dancers who meet the standard required by internationally recognised United Kingdom contemporary dance companies (e.g. Shobana Jeyasingh Dance Company, Scottish Dance Theatre and Rambert Dance Company). The company must either:

-     have performed at or been invited to perform at venues of the calibre of Sadler’s Wells, the Southbank Centre or The Place, either in the United Kingdom or overseas; or

-     attract dancers and/or choreographers and other artists from all over the world; or

-     be endorsed as being internationally recognised by a United Kingdom industry body such as the Arts Councils (of England, Scotland and/or Wales)

Musicians (3415) ONLY the following job in this occupation code:•     skilled orchestral musicians who meet the standard required by internationally recognised companies (e.g. London Symphony Orchestra, London Philharmonic Orchestra, Philharmonia Orchestra, and Royal Philharmonic Orchestra) Section R –arts, entertainment andrecreation

Photographers and audio visual

equipment

operators, (3434)

ONLY the following jobs in this occupation code:•     the following roles within visual effects and 2D/3D computer animation for film, television or video games:-     animation supervisor-     animator-     VFX supervisor-     technical director

-     CG supervisor

-     modeller

-     rigging supervisor

-     rigger

-     matte painter

-     texture artist

-     compositing artist

-     producer

-     production manager

-     editor

-     R&D tools

-     R&D software

-     software engineer

-     system engineer

Section M –professional, scientific and technical activities (NVQ level 3 codes of practice)
This SOC code is not an overall graduate level occupation. Please refer to the NVQ level 3 occupation codes of practice for details.

Metal working production and

maintenance

fitters (5223)

ONLY the following job in this occupation code:•     licensed and military certifying engineer / inspector technicianThis SOC code is not an overall graduate level occupation. Please refer to the NVQ level 3 occupation codes of practice for details. Section C –manufacturing (NVQ level 3 codes of practice)

Line repairers and cable jointers (5243)

ONLY the following job in this occupation code:•     overhead linesworker in the electricity transmission and distribution industry, working on high voltage lines that carry at least 275,000 voltsThis SOC code is not an overall graduate level occupation. Please refer to the NVQ level 3 occupation codes of practice for details. Section D – electricity, gas, steam and air conditioningsupply (NVQlevel 3 codes of practice)

Chefs, cooks

(5434)

ONLY the following job in this occupation code:•     skilled chef where:-     the pay is at least £28,260 per year after deductions for accommodation, meals etc; and-     the job requires five or more years relevantexperience in a role of at least equivalent status to the one they are entering; and-     the job is not in either a fast food outlet, a standard fare outlet, or an establishment which provides a take-away service; and

-     the job is in one of the following roles:

o  executive chef – limited to one per establishment

o  head chef – limited to one per establishment

o  sous chef – limited to one for every four kitchen staff per establishment

o  specialist chef – limited to one per speciality per establishment

 

A fast food outlet is one where food is prepared in bulk for speed of service, rather than to individual order.

 

A standard fare outlet is one where the menu is designed centrally for outlets in a chain / franchise, rather than by a chef or chefs in the individual restaurant. Standard fare outlets also include those where dishes and / or cooking sauces are bought in ready-made, rather than prepared from fresh / raw ingredients.

 

This SOC code is not an overall graduate level occupation. Please refer to the NVQ level 3 occupation codes of practice for details.

Section I –accommodati on and food service activities (NVQ level 3 codes of practice)

 

Scotland list:

 

Related occupation title

and SOC code

Job titles and skill levels included on the shortage occupation list Relevant code ofpractice

N/A

ALL job titles and occupations on the UK shortage list See UK list for details

Medical practitioners (2211)

ONLY the following job in this occupation code:•     consultant radiologist Section Q – human health and social work activities

 

 

 

Occupations at NVQ level 3:

 

On 6 April 2011, the skill threshold for Tier 2 (General) is being raised to graduate level occupations. Occupations below this level are being removed from the UK shortage occupation list as they will no longer qualify under Tier 2.  The following occupations only appear on the shortage occupation list for Tier 2 applicants until 5

April 2011.

 

Sponsors should note that in order to qualify, migrants must make their application for entry clearance or leave to remain before 6 April 2011, even if they were assigned a Certificate of Sponsorship before this date. This does not apply if the migrant had leave as a work permit holder or under Tier 2 (General) under the Immigration Rules in place before 6 April 2011 and is applying in-country to extend that leave, either with the same employer or another employer.

 

The new graduate skill threshold does not apply to work permit applications to employ Bulgarian or Romanian nationals. The following occupations will therefore remain on the shortage occupation list after 6 April 2011 for Bulgarian and Romanian national applications only.

 

Related occupation title and SOC code

Job titles and skill levels included on the shortage occupation list

Relevant code of practice

Agricultural and fishing trades not elsewhere classified (5119)

ONLY the following job in this occupation code:•     Skilled work rider where the job:-     requires registration by the British HorseracingAuthority; and-     requires three or more years’ relevant experience, with work responsibilities covering those acquired in an S/NVQ level 3 in Horse Care and Management or Racehorse Care and Management Section A – agriculture, forestry and fishing(NVQ level 3 codes ofpractice)

Welding trades

(5215)

ONLY the following job in this occupation code:•     high integrity pipe welder where the job requires three or more years related on-the-job experience Section C – manufacturing (NVQ level 3 codes of practice)

 

Metal working production and maintenance

fitters (5223)

ONLY the following jobs in this occupation code:•     licensed and military certifying engineer / inspector technician (This job remains on the shortage occupation list after 6 April 2011)•     airframe fitter Section C – manufacturing(NVQ level 3codes ofpractice)

Line repairers and cable jointers (5243)

ONLY the following job in this occupation code:•     overhead linesworker in the electricity transmission and distribution industry(Overhead linesworker in the electricity transmission and distribution industry, working on high voltage lines that carry at least 275,000 volts, remains on the shortage occupation list after 6 April 2011.) Section D – electricity, gas, steam and airconditioningsupply(NVQ level 3 codes of practice)

Electrical/electron ics engineers not elsewhere classified (5249)

ONLY the following job in this occupation code:•     site supervisor in the electricity transmission and distribution industry Section M – professional, scientific and technicalactivities(NVQ level 3 codes of practice)
Butchers, meat cutters (5431) ONLY the following job in this occupation code:•     skilled meat boner where the pay is at least £9.00 per hour•     skilled meat trimmer where the pay is at least £9.00 per hour Section I – accommodati on and food service activities(NVQ level 3codes of practice)

Chefs, cooks

(5434)

ONLY the following job in this occupation code:•     skilled chef where:-     the pay is at least £8.45 per hour after deductions for accommodation, meals etc; and-     the job requires three or more years relevant experience(Some skilled chefs remain on the shortage occupation list after 6 April 2011 – please see UK list above) Section I –accommodati on and food service activities(NVQ level 3codes ofpractice)

Care assistants and home carers (6115)

ONLY the following jobs in this occupation code:•     skilled senior care workers where:-     the pay is at least £7.80 per hour after deductions for accommodation, meals etc; and-     the job includes supervisory responsibilities (asdefined in the code of practice); and

-     the job requires at least a relevant S/NVQ level

2 or equivalent qualification in care; and

-     the job requires two or more years relevant experience (this does not include experience gained during a work placement as part of a qualification)

Section Q –human health and social work activities (NVQ level 3 codes of practice)

 

•     skilled senior care workers in Scotland / Wales where:-     the pay is at least £7.80 per hour after deductions for accommodation, meals etc; and-     there is a regulatory requirement for the jobholder to hold at least a relevant S/NVQ level3 or equivalent qualification in care

Fishing and agriculture related

occupations not elsewhere classified (9119)

ONLY the following job in this occupation code:•     skilled sheep shearer with a British Wool MarketingBoard bronze medal (or equivalent) or above Section A –agriculture, forestry and fishing(NVQ level 3 codes of practice)