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Consultation on skills shortages in Northern Ireland

14 May 2020


Business views sought on what skills are currently in short supply across the labour market

The Migration Advisory Committee is asking Northern Ireland businesses to share their valuable recruitment experiences as part of a review of the shortage occupation lists.

The shortage occupation list is a government compiled list of occupations for which the evidence suggests there are not enough UK workers to fill vacancies.

The consultation responses will provide the Committee with a well-rounded picture of the current migration issues and will support the evidence-based recommendations delivered to the Home Secretary in September 2020.

Whether an occupation is in shortage will be one of the key factors for which a migrant will be able to score tradeable points under the new points-based immigration system when it is introduced.

The Committee will consider what medium-skill occupations, requiring RQF 3-5 qualifications (A-levels and equivalents), should be added to the list of occupations in shortage.

It is recognised that coronavirus will impact the ability of businesses and employers to respond to the call for evidence and this will be reflected in the final report.

Find suporting documents and ways to respond to the consultation on the GOV.UK website.

The closing date for submission of evidence is 24 June 2020.


First published on 14 May 2020