How do I sponsor a migrant worker?
How to employ migrants to do jobs on the shortage occupation list
This page describes the procedure for employing migrants under Tier 2 (General) if they will be doing a job that is on the shortage occupation list.
If an occupation is on the shortage occupation list, it means there are not enough resident workers to fill the available jobs in that particular occupation. If a migrant needs to apply for leave under Tier 2, to do a job that is on the shortage occupation list, they will get all the points they need to apply (except the points for English language and maintenance).
You cannot assign a certificate of sponsorship for a job on the shortage occupation list unless the migrant is going to work for at least 30 hours a week.
You can download the shortage occupation list from the right side of this page. The main list covers the whole of the UK, and there is an additional list for Scotland only. If you are filling a vacancy that is listed only on the shortage occupation list for Scotland, the vacancy must be in Scotland.
If the job you are recruiting for is not on the shortage occupation list, you must complete a resident labour market test. For more information, see the resident labour market test page.
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- Shortage occupation list- valid from 6 April 2013PDF 233KB opens in a new window