The Migration Advisory Committee (MAC) recommends that the pharmacists category on the UK shortage occupation list be expanded to include community pharmacists. Community pharmacists are those who work for private employers other than the NHS.
The MAC also recommends those orchestral musician jobs that are not for leaders or principals of internationally recognised UK orchestras be removed from the UK shortage occupation list.
The MAC does not recommend any other changes to the UK shortage occupation lists. The recommended Scotland list is unchanged.
As requested by the government, the MAC carries out a partial review of the shortage occupation list every six months. The MAC currently plans to publish a full review of the shortage occupation list in the autumn of 2010.
All the occupations included in the original MAC recommended shortage occupation lists in September 2008 have now been reviewed at least once.
The MAC was formed to provide independent, evidence-based advice on migration to the government. This includes advice on occupations where shortages in skilled labour exist where migration could help meet the needs of the economy.
The shortage occupation list can be found here:
Following the first recommended shortage occupation lists (one for the whole of the UK and one specifically for Scotland) in autumn 2008, the Government announced in November 2008 that it accepted the MAC’s recommendations in full, with the temporary addition of social workers. In spring 2009, the MAC published its first partial review of its recommended shortage occupation lists with a further partial review in autumn 2009. This report provides the third partial review.
Under 500,000 jobs, less than 2 per cent of employees (i.e. all UK employees, not just immigrants) work in occupations and jobs on the recommended shortage list. The corresponding figure a year ago was approximately 700,000.
The MAC is also currently carrying out a review of its shortage occupation methodology. A technical paper was published on the MAC website on 24 March.
For further information on the MAC and committee members please click on the following link: www.ukba.homeoffice.gov.uk/mac