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In the UK skilled jobs usually need to be advertised to enable citizens of the EU/European Economic Area (EEA) and those who already have the right to work in the UK to apply,  for twenty-eight days before a worker can be employed on a Tier 2 visa.  This is called the Resident Labour Market Test. However, each year the UK publishes a list of shortage occupations, which employers struggle to fill. Apart from the nurse occupation, Jobs on this list do not need to be advertised before they can be offered to a non-EEA immigrant. We enclose both the UK and Scotland Tier 2 Shortage Occupation List below:

If you want to employ a Tier 2 worker in one of these shortage occupations without going through the Resident Labour Market Test the role must be for at least 30 hours per week, and must pay the appropriate minimum salary found below. 

There are two Tier 2 Shortage Occupation Lists. The UK list applies to the entire United Kingdom (including Scotland), while the Scotland list applies only to Scotland. The Scotland list can be found at the bottom of this page.

Tier 2 Shortage Occupation List (UK)

Please note that only the job roles highlighted in bullet points below are exempt from the Resident Labour Market test.

SOC Code and occupation category

Occupations Included

Minimum Salary

1123

Production managers

Production managers in nuclear industry waste management and decommissioning:

  • Managing director

  • Programme director

  • Site Director

Production managers in electricity transmission and distribution:

  • Project manager

  • Site manager

New entrant: £24,600 
Experienced worker: £36,800 

2113

Physical scientists

Physical scientists in construction related ground engineering:

  • Engineering geologist

  • Hydrogeologist

  • Geophysicist

Physical scientists in the oil and gas industries:

  • Geophysicist

  • Geoscientist

  • Geologist

  • Geochemist

Physical scientists in nuclear industry waste management and decommissioning:

  • Technical services manager

Physical scientists in the mining industry:

  • Staff geologist

  • Senior resource geologist

New entrant: £24,600 
Experienced worker: £32,500 

2121

Civil engineers

Civil engineers in construction related ground engineering:

  • Geotechnical engineer

  • Tunnelling engineer

Civil engineers in the oil and gas industries:

  • Petroleum engineer

  • Drilling engineer

  • Completions engineer

  • Fluids engineer

  • Resevoir engineer

  • Offshore and subsea engineer

  • Control and isntrument engineer

  • Process safety engineer

  • Wells engineer

Civil engineers in the mining industry:

  • Senior mining engineer

New entrant: £27,500 
Experienced worker: £33,300 

2122

Mechanical engineers

  • Mechanical engineer in the oil and gas industries

New entrant: £28,900 
Experienced worker: £33,000 

2123

Electrical engineers

  • Electrical engineer in the oil and gas industry

Electrical engineers in electricity transmission and distribution:

  • Power system engineer

  • Control engineer

  • Protection engineer

Electrical engineers in aerospace:

  • Electrical machine design engineer

  • Power electronics engineer

Power system engineer, control engineer or protection engineer in the electricity transmission and distribution industry: £34,500

Other electrical engineer - new entrant: £27,600 
Other electrical engineer - Experienced worker: £38,400 

2124

Electronics engineers

  • Specialist electronics engineer in automotive manufacturing and design

 

Electronics engineers in the railway industry:

 

  • Signalling design manager
     

  • Signalling design engineer
     

  • Signalling principles designer
     

  • Senior signalling design checker
     

  • Signalling design checker
     

  • Signalling systems engineer

New entrant: £27,400 
Experienced worker: £33,400 

2126

Design and development engineers

  • Design engineer in electricity transmission and distribution

 

Design and development engineers in automotive manufacturing and design:
 

  • Product development engineer
     

  • Product design engineer

 

Design and development engineers in the electronics system industry:
 

  • Integrated circuit design engineer
     

  • integrated circuit test engineer

New entrant: £27,600 
Experienced worker: £33,000 

2127

Production and process engineers

 

 

  • Chemical engineer
     

  • Manufacturing engineer (process planning) in the aerospace industry
     

  • Technical services representative in the decommissioning and waste areas of the nuclear industry

New entrant: £23,600 
Experienced worker: £33,100 

 

2129

Engineering professionals

 

Engineering professionals in electricity transmission and distribution:

  • Project engineer
     

  • Proposals engineer

 

Engineering professionals in aerospace:

 

  • Aerothermal engineer
     

  • Stress engineer
     

  • Chief of engineering
     

  • Advance tool and fixturing engineer

 

Engineering professionals in the civil nuclear industry's waste management and decommissioning areas:

 

  • Operations manager
     

  • Decommissioning specialist manager

     

  • Project/planning engineer
     

  • Radioactive waste manager
     

  • Radiological protection advisor

 

Other engineering professionals in the civil nuclear industry:

 

  • Nuclear safety case engineer
     

  • Mechanical design engineer (pressure vehicles)
     

  • Piping design engineer
     

  • Mechanical design engineer (stress)
     

  • Thermofluids/process engineer


 


 

New entrant: £27,400 
Experienced worker: £33,500 

2133

IT specialist managers

 

 

  • IT product manager employed by a qualifying company, in a role which requires five years of appropriate experience, as well as proven experience of team leadership

     


 

New entrant: £27,000 
Experienced worker: £36,400 

2135

IT business analysts, architects, and system designers

 

 

  • Systems engineer in visual effects and 2D/3D computer animation for film, television or, video games
     

  • Data scientist employed by a qualifying company, in a role which requires five years of appropriate experience, as well as proven experience of team leadership

     


 

New entrant: £29,100 
Experienced worker: £35,800 

2136 Programmers and software development professionals

  • Senior developer employed by a qualifying company, in a role which requires five years of appropriate experience, as well as proven experience of team leadership

 

Programmers and software development professionals in visual effects and 2D/3D computer animation for film, television, or video games industries:

 

  • Software developer
     

  • Shader writer
     

  • Games designer

 

Programmers and software development professionals in the electronics system industry:

 

  • Driver developer
     

  • Embedded communications engineer


 


 

New entrant: £25,000 
Experienced worker: £32,600 

2139

Information technology and communications professionals

 

 

  • Cyber security specialist employed by a qualifying company, in a role which requires five years of appropriate experience, as well as proven experience of team leadership


 

New entrant: £22,700 
Experienced worker: £31,100 

2142 Environmental Professionals

Environmental Professionals in construction related ground engineering:

 

  • Contaminated land specialist
     

  • Geoenvironmental specialist
     

  • Landfill engineer


 

New entrant: £21,300 
Experienced worker: £26,500 

2211

Medical practitioners

Medical consultants:

 

  • Clinical radiology consultant
     

  • Emergency medicine consultant
     

  • Old age psychiatry consultant

     

Non-consultant, non-training, medical staff in:

 

  • Emergency medicine (including specialist doctors working in accident and emergency)
     

  • Old age psychiatry
     

  • Paediatrics

 

Trainees:

 

  • CT3 trainee (emergency medicine)
     

  • ST4 to ST7 trainee (emergency medicine)
     

  • Core trainee (psychiatry)


 

Medical professionals on the NHS junior doctor contract in place from October 2016: 
Foundation year 1 (F1) and equivalent: £27,146 
Foundation year 2 (F2) and equivalent: £31,422 
Specialty registrar (StR) at ST/CT1-2 and equivalent: £37,191 
Specialty registrar (StR) at CT/ST3 and above £47,132 

Other medical professionals including those on contract with health services of devolved administrations: 
Foundation year 1 (F1) and equivalent: £22,862 
Foundation year 2 (F2) and equivalent: £28,357 
Specialty registrar (StR) and equivalent: £30,302 
Specialty doctor and equivalent: £37,548 
Salaried General practitioner (GP) and equivalent: £55,412 
Consultant and equivalent: £76,001 

2217

Medical Radiographers

  • HPC registered diagnostic radiographer
     

  • Nuclear medicine practitioner
     

  • Radiotherapy physics practitioner
     

  • Radiotherapy physics scientist
     

  • Sonographer

 

 

Employers must present evidence of the worker's HPC registration to the Home Office on request. The worker may register while in the UK, but MUST register before starting work.

Band 5 and equivalent: £21,478

Band 6 and equivalent: £25,783

Band 7 and equivalent: £30,764

Band 8a and equivalent: £39,239

Band 8b and equivalent: £45,707

Band 8c and equivalent: £54,998

Band 8d and equivalent: £65,922

Band 9 and equivalent: £77,850

2219

Health professionals

  • Neurophysiology healthcare scientist
     

  • Neurophysiology practitioner
     

  • Nuclear medicine scientist
     

  • Orthotist
     

  • Prosthetist

Band 5 and equivalent: £23,023

Band 6 and equivalent: £28,050

Band 7 and equivalent: £33,222

Band 8a and equivalent: £42,414

Band 8b and equivalent: £49,242

Band 8c and equivalent: £59,090

Band 8d and equivalent: £70,206

Band 9 and equivalent: £84,507

2231

Nurses

  • All nurses

 

Nurses sponsored must:

 

  1. have obtained full registration with the Nursing and Midwifery Council; or
     

  2. have passed the Nursing and Midwifery Council’s Computer Based Test (CBT) of competence; or
     

  3. have obtained a Nursing and Midwifery Council permission before the 30th of April 2015 to undertake the Overseas Nursing Programme, and be sponsored to undertake a supervised practice placement as part of the programme, which has been approved by the Nursing and Midwifery Council.

 

Evidence of 1,2, or 3 above must be presented to the Home Office on request, and MUST be provided if applying for a Restricted Certificate of Sponsorship.

Band 3 and equivalent: £17,787

Band 5 and equivalent: £23,023

Band 6 and equivalent: £28,050

Band 7 and equivalent: £33,222

Band 8a and equivalent: £42,414

Band 8b and equivalent: £49,242

Band 8c and equivalent: £59,090

Band 8d and equivalent: £70,206

Band 9 and equivalent: £84,507

 

2314

Secondary education teaching professionals

Secondary education teachers in the following subjects:

 

  • Mathematics
     

  • Physics
     

  • Chemistry


 

Unqualified teachers and equivalent: £20,800 (Tier 2 (General) minimum rate applies) 
Qualified teachers and equivalent: £22,243 
Post-threshold teachers and equivalent: £35,217 
Leadership group, assistant head teacher and equivalent: £38,597 
Principal teacher and equivalent: £43,664 

2425

Actuaries, economists, and statisticians

  • Bio-informatician
     

  • Informatician

New entrant: £29,300

Experienced worker: £37,000 

2442

Social workers

  • Chidlren's and family services social worker

Band 5 and equivalent: £23,023

Band 6 and equivalent: £28,050

Band 7 and equivalent: £33,222

Band 8a and equivalent: £42,414

Band 8b and equivalent: £49,242

Band 8c and equivalent: £59,090

Band 8d and equivalent: £70,206

Band 9 and equivalent: £84,507

2461

Quality control and planning engineers

Quality control and planning engineers in electricity transmission and distribution:

 

  • Planning / development engineer
     

  • Quality, health, safety and environment (QHSE) engineer

New entrant: £26,000 
Experienced worker: £30,800 

3113 Engineering technicians

Engineering technicians in electricity transmission and distribution:

 

  • Commissioning engineer
     

  • Substation electrical engineer

Salary rate: £28,000 

3213

Paramedics

  • All paramedics

Band 5 and equivalent: £23,023

Band 6 and equivalent: £28,050

Band 7 and equivalent: £33,222

3411

Artist

  • Animator in visual effects and 2D/3D computer animation for film, television, or video games industries:

New entrant: £20,400 
Experienced worker: £25,300 

3414

Dancers and choreographers

  • Classical ballet dancers who meet the standard required by internationally recognised UK ballet companies. To meet this standard the company must:

 

  1. have performed at or been invited to perform at renowed venues, such as the Royal Opera House, Sadler’s Wells, or Barbican (in th UK of elsewhere); or
     

  2. attract dancers and/or choreographers and other artists from other countries; or
     

  3. be endorsed as internationally recognised by a United Kingdom industry body such as the Arts Council England

 

  • Contemporary dancers who meet the standard required by internationally recognised United Kingdom contemporary dance companies. To meet this standard the company must:

 

  1. have performed at or been invited to perform at renowed venues, such as Sadler’s Wells, the Southbank Centre, or The Place (in th UK of elsewhere); or
     

  2. attract dancers and/or choreographers and other artists from other countries; or
     

  3. be endorsed as internationally recognised by a United Kingdom industry body such as the Arts Council England


     

New entrant: £20,400 
Experienced worker: £25,300 

3415

Musicians

  • Orchestral musicians who are leaders, principals, sub-principals or numbered string positions, and who meet the standard required by internationally recognised UK orchestras (such as the London Symphony Orchestra, London Philharmonic Orchestra, Philharmonia Orchestra and Royal Philharmonic Orchestra)

New entrant: £20,400 
Experienced worker: £25,300 

3416

Arts officers, producers, and directors

Arts officers, producers, and directors in visual effects and 2D/3D computer animation for the film, television or video games industries:

 

  • 2D supervisor
     

  • 3D supervisor
     

  • Computer graphics supervisor
     

  • producer
     

  • Production manager
     

  • Technical director
     

  • Visual effects supervisor


 

New entrant: £25,300 
Experienced worker: £29,500 

3421

Graphic designers

Graphic designers in visual effects and 2D/3D computer animation for the film, television or video games industries:

 

  • Compositing artist
     

  • Matte painter
     

  • Modeller
     

  • Rigger
     

  • Stereo artist
     

  • Texture artist


 

Salary rate: £22,400 

3541

Buyers and purchasing officers

  • Manufacturing engineer (purchasing) in aerospace


 

New entrant: £21,400 
Experienced worker: £25,100 

5215

Welders

  • High integiry pipe welder in a role that requires at least 3 years of appropriate work experience

£22,000

5235

Aircraft maintenance and related trades

  • Licensed and military certifying engineer/inspector technician


 

Salary rate: £29,800 

5249

Line repairers and cable jointers

  • Overhead linesworker at Linesman Erector 2 (LE2) level and above,

Overhead linesworker at Linesman Erector 2 (LE2) level that qualify for Tier 2 (General) by virtue of their inclusion on the Shortage Occupation List in Appendix K: £32,000 

Other line repairer and cable jointer: £26,700 

5434

Chefs

  • Executive chef (one per establishment)

  • Head chef (one per establishment)
     

  • Sous chef (one for every 4 kitchen staff)

     

  • Specialist chef (one per speciality)

 

All cheffing jobs must meet the following conditions:

 

  1. Must require at least 5 years of experience in a role at the same level as the Tier 2 job
     

  2. must not be in a fast food, standard fare, or take away establishment


 

Skilled chefs that qualify for Tier 2 (General) by virtue of their inclusion on the Shortage Occupation List in Appendix K: 
Salary: £29,570 

Other chef: £17,800 

 

Tier 2 Shortage Occupations List (Scotland)

SOC Code and occupation category

Occupations Included

Minimum Salary

 

All job titles and occupations on the United Kingdom Occupation List as well as the occupations below.

2211

Medical practitioners

  • Clinical oncology consultant

     

  • Non-consultant, non-training, medical staff post in clinical radiology

     

  • CT3 trainee (clinical radiology)

     

  • ST4 to ST7 trainee (clinical radiology)

  • Psychiatry staff (all grades except CPT1)

     

  • Anaesthetics, paediatrics, obstetrics and gynaecology staff (all grades)

Medical professionals on the NHS junior doctor contract in place from October 2016: 
Foundation year 1 (F1) and equivalent: £27,146 
Foundation year 2 (F2) and equivalent: £31,422 
Specialty registrar (StR) at ST/CT1-2 and equivalent: £37,191 
Specialty registrar (StR) at CT/ST3 and above £47,132 

Other medical professionals including those on contract with health services of devolved administrations: 
Foundation year 1 (F1) and equivalent: £22,862 
Foundation year 2 (F2) and equivalent: £28,357 
Specialty registrar (StR) and equivalent: £30,302 
Specialty doctor and equivalent: £37,548 
Salaried General practitioner (GP) and equivalent: £55,412 
Consultant and equivalent: £76,001 

2217 Medical radiographers

Only the following jobs in this occupation code: 

jobs on the United Kingdom Shortage Occupation List 


medical physicist 
staff working in diagnostics radiology (including magnetic resonance imaging)

Band 5 and equivalent: £21,478

Band 6 and equivalent: £25,783

Band 7 and equivalent: £30,764

Band 8a and equivalent: £39,239

Band 8b and equivalent: £45,707

Band 8c and equivalent: £54,998

Band 8d and equivalent: £65,922

Band 9 and equivalent: £77,850