Immigration evidence needed – can you help?

The Migration Advisory Committee (MAC) has launched a new consultation on the Shortage Occupations List, which closes on 30th November 2012.

The MAC is the Government’s main independent advisory body on immigration policy. Part of their role is keeping the Shortage Occupations List (SOL) up to date. If your job appears on the SOL, then you’ll have an easier time getting into the country.

The Government have recently asked the MAC, amongst other things, whether jobs on the SOL should be removed from the list automatically after two years – the rationale being that the SOL is intended to be a short-term measure, not a way of addressing long-term skills shortages.

The SOL currently includes lots of science and engineering jobs – e.g. cardiac physiologists, geochemists, chemical engineers, and consultant neurologists all feature, because we’re not training enough of them in the UK. You can see the full list here.

We need your help

CaSE is going to respond to the consultation, arguing that two years is much too short a period of time to fix structural problems with our workforce, based on the time it takes to train a new scientist or engineer – particularly in the kinds of senior posts on the SOL. We do need to improve the UK’s science and engineering education system in the long-run, but in the short-term we can’t close our doors to talented people from overseas.

Can you help us with specific examples of the effect that the new ‘two year rule’ might have on your particular institution or sector? Do let us know if so – especially if you’re not planning on submitting a full response yourself. You can email us, or leave a comment under this post.

Click here for an archive of our work on immigration.

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