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28 February 2024

Jobs added to the new Immigration Salary List

MAC has recommended that the new Immigration Salary List has 21 new roles added to it. Find out more in our blog.
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Chemical scientists doing working in the UK on a Skilled Worker Visa due to their job being on the new Immigration Salary List.

Late last year, the Government announced that the Shortage Occupation List will be replaced by the Immigration Salary List, with the roles on the list also being reviewed. 

Now, the Migration Advisory Committee (MAC), who advise the Government on immigration policy, have recommended that 21 roles be added to the new list. This came after the Government commissioned MAC to carry out a rapid review of the Immigration Salary List before its introduction.

It should be noted that the Immigration Salary List is not going to be introduced until 4 April 2024. 

Which roles are being recommended?

There are a range of roles that MAC have recommended be added to the Immigration Salary List. These include:

  • Biologists
  • Social scientists 
  • Laboratory technicians
  • Pharmaceutical technicians
  • Joiners
  • Bricklayers
  • Roofers
  • Carpenters 
  • Other construction jobs
  • Masons
  • Care workers
  • Senior care workers
  • Animal carers 
  • Dancers
  • Musicians
  • Artists
  • Boat builders (Scotland only)
  • Chemical scientists in the nuclear industry (Scotland only)
  • Forestry and fishery managers (Scotland only)

You can read the Government’s recently published
Rapid Review of the Immigration Salary List to read more about the list and the jobs that may be on it.

What is the impact of the new Immigration Salary List?

With the replacement of the Shortage Occupation List with the Immigration Salary List, there are a few impacts. 

First, the new Immigration Salary List will have fewer jobs available on it than the previous list. The recommendations being laid out by MAC are part of the efforts to see which jobs should remain on the list, and which ones should be removed. This in turn is part of the Government’s aim to reduce net migration. 

Second, as the Immigration Salary List will have the 20% salary discount removed that the Shortage Occupation List currently has, employers will have to pay the normal going rate for their overseas employees, or at least £38,700 from 4 April, depending on the job. This will impact businesses, as they will have to pay more money than before.

Future changes

As the Immigration Salary List is still new and has not yet been introduced, it is likely that more changes are yet to be announced, and anything that has been announced could be changed. 

MAC will continue to review and recommend revisions to the list even after it has been introduced. We will aim to keep you informed of any future updates that are announced by the Government. 

It should be noted that the Government does not have to accept any of the recommendations that MAC provides, as it is only an advisory body. However, it is likely that the Government will take note of their recommendations and introduce some of them.

How we can help

If you are looking to employ overseas workers through the use of a Sponsor Licence, or you want to come to the UK on either a Skilled Worker Visa or a Health and Care Worker Visa, then we can help.

Book a free 10-minute consultation with our experienced immigration law team, with whom you can discuss your issue and see if we can help you. After this, you can arrange a longer, paid consultation that can last either 30 minutes, or an hour. 

The team member you talk to in your consultation will act as your point of contact in the company, so you can ask them any questions you may have. Our team members are happy to help. 

Get in touch with us today if you need our expert immigration assistance. 

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