Review of national healthcare labour markets to update the shortage occupation list for the Home Office

WRT was charged by the Department of Health in 2007 with reviewing the Home Office Shortage Occupation List (HOSOL) in order to bring it up to date to reflect government policy.

The Home Office Shortage Occupation List (HOSOL) was created to allow UK healthcare organisations to recruit from overseas, provided that there was clear and demonstrable evidence that suitable professionals could not be successfully recruited from the resident UK or European Economic Area (EEA) labour markets.

Under this scheme, employing organisations could apply for and attain a UK work permit under a ‘fast track’ scheme.

WRT was charged by the Department of Health in 2007 with reviewing the list in order to bring it up to date to reflect Government policy. Evidence was collected, analysed and correlated in order to determine which particular staff groups would need to remain on the list and those that should be removed.

WRT recommended that 37 staff groups be removed from the list. The removal of a particular staff group from the HOSOL did not necessarily stop employers from recruiting professionals from overseas, simply that employers no longer had the option of a ‘fast track’ facility.

As a permanent member of the UK health sector panel, WRT would ensure that the HOSOL was updated on an annual basis through its annual review process.

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