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UK: Migration Committee Advises Review of Shortage Occupations List

The Migration Advisory Committee (MAC) has recommended that new roles be added to the UK government’s Shortage Occupations list. The advice was given in advance of a new points-based immigration system that comes into effect in January 2021. The Shortage Occupations list identifies which occupations struggle to attract local talent and can be filled by migrant workers.

MAC suggests the list of medium-skilled roles eligible for employment visas now include occupations such as nursing auxiliary and assistants, pharmacists, senior care workers, bricklayers and masons, butchers, and welders. They also recommend separate lists for Scotland, Wales, and Northern Ireland to create some flexibility in the system. The lists should be reviewed annually, according to MAC.

Takeaway: If your company employs migrant workers, make sure you keep up-to-date with the latest government announcements on new immigration rules, especially approaching the end of 2020 when details become finalized.


Coronavirus Considerations for Businesses

North America

US: Worker Classification Laws Further Defined

US: Federal Regulators Tighten Rules on H1-B Visas

US: Joint Employer Ruling Struck Down for Now

Canada: New Ruling Reinforces Employer Responsibility in Terminations


UK: IR35 Tax Update – Clarifies End-User Liability When Supply Chain Fails to Pay

Spain: Government Issues New Law on Remote Working


Australia: Underpayment of Workers Prompts Fines

India: New Law Protects the Informal Workforce

Singapore: Government Tightens Requirements for Foreign Workers

This update contains general information only, and AGS is not rendering legal advice. Before making any decision or taking any action that may affect your business, you should consult qualified legal counsel. AGS shall not be responsible for any loss whatsoever sustained by any person or company who relies on this update.