shortage occupations for the uk skilled worker visa

Shortage occupations for the UK Skilled worker visa

Shortage occupations for the UK skilled worker visa are what we are going to discuss in this post.

In our previous post talking about how to apply for the UK skilled worker visa, we mentioned shortage occupations and many important industries in the UK are facing an acute lack of qualified workers to fill vacant positions and this is what led the government to declare some jobs as shortage occupations.

With Brexit and the exit of the UK from the EU common market, the competition for these skills has been heightened and as such, with the introduction of the skilled worker visa on the points based system, these occupations have a few incentives compared to others to encourage more people to apply.

Waivers for those with shortage occupations for the UK skilled worker visa.

There are some waivers you get when you apply for the skilled worker visa with a skill in one of the shortage occupations and these are:

  • Your application fee is reduced from £610 to £464 for a 3-year application.
  • You get 20 points added getting you closer to the required 70 points.
  • The required salary threshold is reduced to 80% of the job’s usual going rate.

These make it cheaper and more attractive for workers with skills in these industries and the current list of occupations on this list is as follows.

Current list of UK shortage occupations (July 1, 2021)

Occupation code Job types on the shortage occupations list Annual salary (80% of going rate)
1181 Health services and public health managers and directors – all jobs 80% of going rate: £30,720 (£15.15 per hour)
1242 Residential, day and domiciliary care managers and proprietors – all jobs 80% of going rate: £21,360 (£10.53 per hour)
2111 Chemical scientists – only jobs in the nuclear industry 80% of going rate: £21,360(£10.53 per hour)
2112 Biological scientists and biochemists – all jobs 80% of going rate: £23,760(£11.72 per hour)
2113 Physical scientists – only the following jobs in the construction-related ground engineering industry:
engineering geologist
hydrogeologist
geophysicist
80% of going rate: £29,200(£14.40 per hour)
2113 Physical scientists – only 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
80% of going rate: £29,200(£14.40 per hour)
2114 Social and humanities scientists – only archaeologists 80% of going rate: £20,720(£10.22 per hour)
2121 Civil engineers – all jobs 80% of going rate: £28,000(£13.81 per hour)
2122 Mechanical engineers – all jobs 80% of going rate: £26,720(£13.18 per hour)
2123 Electrical engineers – all jobs 80% of going rate: £29,600(£14.60 per hour)
2124 Electronics engineers – all jobs 80% of going rate: £27,760(£13.69 per hour)
2126 Design and development engineers – all jobs 80% of going rate: £27,280(£13.45 per hour)
2127 Production and process engineers – all jobs 80% of going rate: £26,480(£13.06 per hour)
2129 Engineering professionals not elsewhere classified – all jobs 80% of going rate: £26,160(£12.90 per hour)
2135 IT business analysts, architects and systems designers – all jobs 80% of going rate: £29,280(£14.44 per hour)
2136 Programmers and software development professionals – all jobs 80% of going rate: £26,640(£13.14 per hour)
2137 Web design and development professionals – all jobs 80% of going rate: £20,800(£10.26 per hour)
2139 Information technology and communications professionals not elsewhere classified – only cyber security specialists 80% of going rate: £25,440(£12.54 per hour)
2216 Veterinarians – all jobs 80% of going rate: £26,000(£12.82 per hour)
2425 Actuaries, economists and statisticians – only bio-informaticians and informaticians 80% of going rate: £26,240(£12.94 per hour)
2431 Architects – all jobs 80% of going rate: £28,000(£13.81 per hour)
2461 Quality control and planning engineers – all jobs 80% of going rate: £24,400(£12.03 per hour)
3111 Laboratory technicians – all jobs 80% of going rate: £14,560 (£7.18 per hour)
3411 Artists – all jobs 80% of going rate: £16,800(£8.28 per hour)
3414 Dancers and choreographers – only skilled classical ballet dancers or skilled contemporary dancers who meet the standard required by internationally recognised UK ballet or contemporary dance companies.
The company must be endorsed as being internationally recognised by a UK industry body such as the Arts Councils (of England, Scotland or Wales).
80% of going rate: £23,840(£11.76 per hour)
3415 Musicians – only skilled orchestral musicians who are leaders, principals, sub-principals or numbered string positions, and who meet the standard required by internationally recognised UK orchestras.
The orchestra must be endorsed as being internationally recognised by the Association of British Orchestras.
80% of going rate: £22,000(£10.85 per hour)
3416 Arts officers, producers and directors – all jobs 80% of going rate: £24,000(£11.83 per hour)
3421 Graphic designers – all jobs 80% of going rate: £18,800(£9.27 per hour)
5215 Welding trades – only high integrity pipe welders, where the job requires 3 or more years’ related on-the-job experience. This experience must not have been gained through illegal working. 80% of going rate: £18,240(£8.99 per hour)
6146 Senior care workers – all jobs 80% of going rate: £13,520 (£6.67 per hour)

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