British firms to get more talent after expansion of shortage of occupation list


The Home Office has also streamlined English language testing ensuring that doctors, dentists, nurses and midwives who have already passed an English language test accepted by the relevant professional body do not have to appear for another test before entry to the UK on a Tier 2 visa(Photo: Christopher Furlong/Getty Images).
The Home Office has also streamlined English language testing ensuring that doctors, dentists, nurses and midwives who have already passed an English language test accepted by the relevant professional body do not have to appear for another test before entry to the UK on a Tier 2 visa(Photo: Christopher Furlong/Getty Images).

THE UK-based businesses will have improved access to skilled workers following changes to the immigration rules announced on Monday (9).

The shortage of occupation list (SOL) has been expanded to include a range of skilled occupations.

Occupations such as veterinarians, architects, and web designers will be added to the SOL, giving talents coming to the UK to work in these industries priority to secure a Tier 2 work visa, over occupations not on the list.

Employers can advertise job vacancies for these occupations to include all nationalities as soon as it’s available, making it easier for them to access the international talent they need.

Immigration minister Seema Kennedy said: “Giving British-based businesses access to the brightest and best global talent is a key priority for this government.

“That is why we have made it easier for employers to hire skilled workers, such as vets and web designers, which this country needs to flourish.”

The Home Office has also streamlined English language testing ensuring that doctors, dentists, nurses and midwives who have already passed an English language test accepted by the relevant professional body do not have to appear for another test before entry to the UK on a Tier 2 visa.

This change will ensure that hospitals and medical practices across the country will be able to access the staff they need more quickly.