What is Shortage Occupation List or SOL?

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What is Shortage Occupation List or SOL?
20
Jul

What is Shortage Occupation List or SOL?

The job titles on the shortage Occupation List or SOL are listed in Appendix K of the Immigration Rules1. To be eligible for the Shortage Occupation List or SOL, a job title has to be eligible for Tier 2 (General) route of the Points-Based System, which only applies to non-EEA (European Economic Area) citizens. Jobs on the Shortage Occupation List or SOL must be skilled to the required standard, currently RQF 6 (Regulated Qualifications Framework) and above (or the equivalent in the Devolved Administrations) and be paid at a salary level indicated in the Immigration Rules Codes of Practice Appendix J2.

Jobs on the Shortage Occupation List or SOL have certain advantages for employers in using Tier 2 (General) visas;

  1. There is no need to pass the “resident labour market test” or RLMT, i.e. to demonstrate that an attempt has been made to recruit domestically. This is a saving for the employer in terms of vacancy advertising and time spend in the recruitment process. 
  2. Roles on the Shortage Occupation List (SOL) are prioritised if the Tier 2 (General) limit 20,700 is reached. Jobs on the SOL are automatically granted 320 points, a higher level of points than could possibly be achieved by occupations not on the shortage occupation list. In practice, this means that jobs on the shortage occupation list cannot be turned down when the cap binds.
  3. There is no requirement to meet the £35,800 salary threshold required for settlement after five years. 
  4. Applicants (and their families) may have to pay lower visa application fees if their occupation is on the shortage occupation list. 

Please refer to the MAC (Migration Advisory Committee) report ‘Full review of the shortage occupation list’ for further details. 

United Kingdom ‘Shortage Occupation List’

Table 1 - United Kingdom Shortage Occupation List

Standard Occupational Classification (SOC) code and description

Job titles included on the United Kingdom Shortage Occupation List and further criteria

Production managers and directors in mining and energy (1123)

Only the following jobs in this occupation code:

The following jobs in the decommissioning and waste management areas of the nuclear industry: 

managing director 
programme director 
site director
The following jobs in the electricity transmission and distribution industry: 
project manager 
site manager

2113 Physical Scientists

Only the following jobs in this occupation code: 

The following jobs in the construction-related ground engineering industry:

engineering geologist 
hydrogeologist 
geophysicist 
The following jobs in the oil and gas industry: 
geophysicist 
geoscientist 
geologist 
geochemist technical services manager in the decommissioning and waste areas of the nuclear industry 
senior resource geologist and staff geologist in the mining sector

2121 Civil engineers

Only the following jobs in this occupation code: 

The following jobs in the construction-related ground engineering industry: 

geotechnical engineer 
tunnelling engineer 

The following jobs in the oil and gas industry: 
petroleum engineer 
drilling engineer 
completions engineer
fluids engineer 
reservoir engineer 
offshore and subsea engineer
control and instrument engineer 
process safety engineer
wells engineer 
senior mining engineer in the mining sector

2122 Mechanical engineers

Only the following job in this occupation code: 

mechanical engineer in the oil and gas industry

2123 Electrical engineers

Only the following jobs in this occupation code: 

electrical engineer in the oil and gas industry 
The following jobs in the electricity transmission and distribution industry:

power system engineer 
control engineer 
protection engineer 
The following jobs in the aerospace industry:
electrical machine design engineer 
power electronics engineer

2124 Electronics Engineers

Only the following jobs in this occupation code: 

The following jobs in the railway industry: 

signalling design manager
signalling design engineer 
signalling principles 
designer
senior signalling design
checker
signalling design checker
signalling systems
engineer 
Specialist electronics engineer in the automotive manufacturing and design industry

2126 Design and development engineers

Only the following jobs in this occupation code:

design engineer in the electricity transmission and distribution industry 
The following jobs in the automotive design and manufacturing industry: 

product development engineer
product design engineer 
The following jobs in the electronics system industry: 
integrated circuit design engineer 
integrated circuit test engineer

2127 Production and process engineers

Only the following jobs in this occupation code:

chemical engineer 
manufacturing engineer (process planning) in the aerospace industry technical services 
representative in the decommissioning and waste areas of the nuclear industry

2129 Engineering professionals not elsewhere classified

Only the following jobs in this occupation code: 

The following jobs in the electricity transmission and distribution industry: 

project engineer
proposals engineer 
The following jobs in the aerospace industry: 
aerothermal engineer 
stress engineer 
chief of engineering
advance tool and fixturing engineer
The following jobs in the decommissioning and waste management areas of the civil nuclear industry: 
operations manager 
decommissioning specialist manager 
project/planning engineer 
radioactive waste manager 
radiological protection
advisor 
The following jobs in the civil nuclear industry: 
nuclear safety case 
engineer 
mechanical design engineer (pressure vehicles) 
piping design engineer 
mechanical design engineer (stress) 
thermofluids/process engineer

2133 IT specialist managers

Only the following job in this occupation code:

IT product manager employed by a qualifying company, where the job requires a person with a minimum of five years’ relevant experience and demonstrable experience of having led a team.

2135 IT business analysts, architects and systems designers

Only the following jobs in this occupation code:

systems engineer in visual effects and 2D/3D computer animation for the film, television or video games sectors 

data scientist employed by a qualifying company, where the job requires a person with a minimum of five years’ relevant experience and demonstrable experience of having led a team.

2136 Programmers and software development professionals

Only the following jobs in this occupation code: 

Senior developer employed by a qualifying company, where the job requires a person with a minimum of five years’ relevant experience and demonstrable experience of having led a team. 

The following jobs in visual effects and 2D/3D computer animation for the film, television or video games sectors: 

software developer 
shader writer 
games designer 
The following jobs in the electronics system industry: 
driver developer 
embedded communications engineer

2139 Information technology and communications professionals not elsewhere classified

Only the following job in this occupation code: 

Cyber security specialist employed by a qualifying company, where the job requires a person with a minimum of five years’ relevant experience and demonstrable experience of having led a team.

2142 Environmental Professionals

Only the following jobs in this occupation code: 

the following jobs in the construction-related ground engineering industry: 
contaminated land specialist 
geoenvironmental specialist 
landfill engineer

2211 Medical practitioners

Only the following jobs in this occupation code:

Consultants in the following specialities: 

clinical radiology 
emergency medicine 
old age psychiatry 
CT3 trainee and ST4 to ST7 trainee in emergency medicine 
Core trainee in psychiatry 

Non-consultant, non-training, medical staff posts in the following specialities: 
emergency medicine (including specialist doctors working in accident and emergency) 
old age psychiatry 
paediatrics

2217 Medical Radiographers

Only the following jobs in this occupation code: 

HPC registered diagnostic radiographer 
nuclear medicine practitioner 
radiotherapy physics practitioner 
radiotherapy physics scientist 
sonographer 
Sponsors must retain evidence of the individual’s HPC registration and provide this to the Home Office on request. (Registration may need to be done after the individual has entered the United Kingdom but must be done before starting work).

2219 Health professionals not elsewhere classified

Only the following job in this occupation code: 
neurophysiology healthcare scientist 
neurophysiology practitioner 
Nuclear medicine scientist 
orthotist 
prosthetist

2231 Nurses

All jobs in this occupation code

2314 Secondary education teaching professionals

Only the following jobs in this occupation code: 

secondary education teachers in the subjects of maths, physics, science (where an element of physics will be taught), computer science and Mandarin

 

 

2425 Actuaries, economists and statisticians

Only the following jobs in this occupation code: 
bio-informatician 
informatician

2442 Social workers

Only the following jobs in this occupation code: 

social worker working in children’s and family services

2461 Quality control and planning engineers

Only the following jobs in this occupation code:

The following jobs in the electricity transmission and distribution industry: 
planning / development engineer 
quality, health, safety and environment (QHSE) engineer

3113 Engineering technicians

Only the following jobs in this occupation code:

The following jobs in the electricity transmission and distribution industry: 

commissioning engineer 
substation electrical engineer

3213 Paramedics

All jobs in this occupation code

3411 Artist

Only the following jobs in this occupation code: 

Animator in visual effects and 2D/3D computer animation for the film, television or video games sectors

3414 Dancers and choreographers

Only the following jobs in this occupation code: 

Skilled classical ballet dancers who meet the standard required by internationally recognised United Kingdom ballet companies (e.g. Birmingham Royal Ballet, English National Ballet, Northern Ballet Theatre, The Royal Ballet and Scottish Ballet). 

The company must either: 
have performed at or been invited to perform at venues of the calibre of the Royal Opera House, Sadler’s Wells or Barbican, either in the United Kingdom or overseas; 
or attract dancers and/or choreographers and other artists from other countries; 
or be endorsed as being internationally recognised by a United Kingdom industry body such as the Arts Councils (of England, Scotland and/or Wales) 

Skilled contemporary dancers who meet the standard required by internationally recognised United Kingdom contemporary dance companies (e.g. Shobana Jeyasingh Dance Company, Scottish Dance Theatre and Rambert Dance Company). 

The company must either: 
have performed at or been invited to perform at venues of the calibre of Sadler’s Wells, the Southbank Centre or The Place, either in the United Kingdom or overseas; 
or attract dancers and/or choreographers and other artists from all over the world; or be endorsed as being internationally recognised by a United Kingdom industry body such as the Arts Councils (of England, Scotland and/or Wales)

3415 Musicians

Only the following jobs in this occupation code:

skilled orchestral musicians who are leaders, principals, sub-principals or numbered string positions, and who meet the standard required by internationally recognised UK orchestras (including London Symphony Orchestra, London Philharmonic Orchestra, Philharmonia Orchestra and Royal Philharmonic Orchestra)

3416 Arts officers, producers and directors

Only the following jobs in this occupation code: 
The following jobs in visual effects and 2D/3D computer animation for the film, television or video games sectors: 

2D supervisor 
3D supervisor 
computer graphics 
supervisor
producer 
production manager 
technical director 
visual effects supervisor

3421 Graphic designers

Only the following jobs in this occupation code: 
The following jobs in visual effects and 2D/3D computer animation for the film, television or video games sectors: 

compositing artist matte painter modeller rigger stereo artist texture artist

3541 Buyers and purchasing officers

Only the following job in this occupation code: 

manufacturing engineer 
(purchasing) in the aerospace industry

5215 Welding trades

Only the following job in this occupation code: 

high integrity pipe welder where the job requires three or more years’ related on-the-job experience

5235 Aircraft maintenance and related trades

Only the following jobs in this occupation code: 

licensed and military certifying engineer/inspector technician

5249 Line repairers and cable jointers

Only the following job in this occupation code:

overhead linesworker,at Linesman Erector 2 (LE2) level and above, where the pay is at least £32,000 per year

5434 Chefs

Only the following job in this occupation code: 

Skilled chef where: 

the pay is at least £29,570 per year after deductions for accommodation, meals etc; and 
the job requires five or more years relevant experience in a role of at least equivalent status to the one they are entering; and the job is not in either a fast food outlet, a standard fare outlet, or an establishment which provides a take-away service; and 

The job is in one of the following roles: 

executive chef - limited to one per establishment 
head chef - limited to one per establishment 
sous chef - limited to one for every four kitchen staff per establishment 
specialist chef - limited to one per speciality per establishment 

A fast food outlet is one where food is prepared in bulk for speed of service, rather than to individual order. 
A standard fare outlet is one where the menu is designed centrally for outlets in a chain / franchise, rather than by a chef or chefs in the individual restaurant. Standard fare outlets also include those where dishes and / or cooking sauces are bought in ready-made, rather than prepared from fresh / raw ingredients.

The shortage occupation list may change in future. This is the most up-to-date list on 20 July 2019. Please visit Gov.Uk for further guidance.

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