About Migration Advisory Committee (MAC) reports

The remit of the MAC is to produce shortage occupation lists for the UK for Tier 2 (skilled employment) of the points-based immigration system (PBS) for migration.

  • MAC shortage occupation list update: Healthcare profession submission 2012

http://www.cfwi.org.uk/publications/mac-shortage-occupation-list-update-healthcare-profession-submission-2012/

  • MAC shortage occupation list update: Healthcare profession submission 2011

http://www.cfwi.org.uk/publications/mac-shortage-occupation-list-update-healthcare-profession-submission-2011

These lists comprise occupations where, in the MAC's view, there are shortages which can sensibly be filled by facilitating employers to recruit non-European Economic Area (EEA) migrants.

A single, unified assessment of the UK healthcare professions was provided by the NHS Workforce Review Team (WRT), NHS Employers (NHSE) and Skills for Health (SfH) to the Migration Advisory Committee (MAC) as part of their evidence gathering process in drawing up the new recommended shortage list in September 2009.

The remit of the MAC is to produce shortage occupation lists for the UK for Tier 2 (skilled employment) of the points-based immigration system (PBS) for migration. These lists comprise occupations where, in the MAC's view, there are shortages which can sensibly be filled by facilitating employers to recruit non-European Economic Area (EEA) migrants. The lack of inclusion of a particular staff group from the shortage occupation list for the UK does not prevent employers from recruiting professionals from overseas. It only means that employers will no longer have the option of a 'fast track' recruitment facility and that the resident labour market test must be met before an overseas professional may be appointed by an employer. The MAC has used a three-stage approach to drawing up the shortage occupation lists for the UK:

  • First, whether individual occupations or categories of jobs are sufficiently skilled to be included on the shortage occupation lists.
  • Then, whether there is a shortage of labour within each skilled occupation.
  • Finally, whether it is sensible for immigrant labour from outside the EEA to be used to fill these shortages.

More information can be found at:

Migration Advisory Committee report: second review of recommended shortage occupation lists for the UK and Scotland

The WRT, NHSE and SfH approach to analysing professions in relation to the shortage occupation list for the UK took these three indicators into account as to whether to recommend a profession for inclusion on the list. Under these conditions, an occupation is to be included on the shortage occupation list for the UK only if the shortage is national (rather than regional) and if there is an appropriate source of trained staff available for recruitment from overseas.

Within the WRT, NHSE and SfH collaboration, the core WRT data gathering and analysis of healthcare professions in relation to the shortage occupation list was based on engagement with a range of specific stakeholders, including royal colleges, other professional bodies and SHAs. The group has been making annual submissions to the MAC to support a MAC submission to the Government in September of each year recommending updates to the shortage occupation list for the UK, replicating this methodology.

If you have any queries please contact the CfWI at workforceintelligence@dh.gsi.gov.uk