Shortage Occupation List (SOL) and Migration Advisory Committee

On 25 February, 2015, we published the evidence we put forward to the Government’s Migration Advisory Committee on behalf of the Department of Health and Health Education England. This provides consideration and recommendations on which health sector specialties and professions should be included on the shortage occupation list (SOL).

On 22 September 2014, the Minister for Immigration wrote to the Chair of the Migration Advisory Committee (MAC) commissioning the MAC to carry out a review of the shortage occupation lists (SOL) for the UK and Scotland which included been asked to review all suitably qualified occupations within the health sector, including consultant roles, nurses and also training grades. The Department of Health and Health Education England commissioned the CfWI to conduct this research on behalf of the NHS in England.

Our submission was split into three parts:                               

  • Main report – Outlines the approach taken by the CfWI in determining its suggestions for the MAC’s update of the SOL and summarises the findings and recommendations put forward by the CfWI.
  • Section A – An assessment of the evidence for each healthcare occupation that the CfWI believes should be included on the SOL.
  • Section B – An assessment of the evidence for each healthcare occupation that the CfWI believes lacks sufficient evidence to justify inclusion on the SOL.

Our reports are based on 77 responses from stakeholders that highlighted specialties/professions in which people or organisations believed there was a national occupational shortage. The CfWI analysed the responses to the call for evidence, along with its own secondary research, and used them to inform these findings. We are suggesting 13 specialties/professions for inclusion on the SOL whilst 19 others are on the non-inclusion lists.

The full MAC review can be found here.

Full details about the project can be found here.

The MAC produces UK shortage occupation lists for the points-based immigration system. These reports, created by WRT, NHS Employers (NSHE) and Skills for Health, helped the MAC draw up the recommended shortage list in September 2009.