New job recommendations for UK Tier 2 visa program
United Kingdom, 7th March: New occupational recommendations have been made by the Migration Advisory Committee for the UK Tier 2 visa program.
As per the MAC (Migration Advisory Committee) proposals, eight occupation titles must be removed from the list of ‘shortage occupation’.
The recommendations are part of the ongoing efforts to make sure that the shortage skills list of the UK Tier 2 visa program either meets or is above the NQF4(National Qualifications Framework Level 4).
The MAC recommendations also include exclusion of high integrity pipe welders, senior skilled care workers, skilled meat trimmers and skilled meat boners from the UK Tier 2 list for the PBS (points-based system).
In addition, the committee also recommended exclusion of site supervisors and airframe fitters. Among other occupations axed by the MAC include skilled work riders and sheep shearers.
Meanwhile, the latest MAC recommendations will not have any impact on the occupations of nurses and home managers in care homes since these two occupations are NQF4+ level.
Moreover, the MAC has also made recommendations for changes in certain occupation titles.
As per the MAC, only a fraction of chefs happed to possess skills equivalent to level NFQ4+. Hence, chefs having a minimum experience of 5 years or so and paying a minimum of £28,260 annually will be eligible to be included in the occupation of chefs in the UK.
The aim of all such latest recommendations by the MAC is to ensure that the UK attracts and selects only the best migrants who possess high skills to work in the UK, stated Professor David Metcalf, chairman of the MAC.
So, the new eligibility criteria for chef occupations in the UK will ensure that only the top 5 percent of jobs for the chefs are thrown open for migrant workers under the UK Tier 2 visa program, Professor Metcalf asserted.
If the proposed recommendations by the MAC are given acceptance, these would result in providing applicants coming to the UK under the UK Tier 2 visa to be eligible for 230,000 jobs in the UK.
This will mean a reduction of jobs from 1 million in the year 2008 when the MAC had made its first list of shortage occupation.