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Please note that this has been updated with the latest changes of 7 October 2019.

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

2112 Biological scientists and biochemists

All jobs in this occupation code

New entrant: £22,300 
Experienced worker: £29,000 

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 engineersAll jobs in this occupation codeNew entrant: £27,500 
Experienced worker: £33,300 

2122

Mechanical engineers

All jobs in this occupation code

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

2123

Electrical engineers

All jobs in this occupation code

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

All jobs in this occupation code

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

2126

Design and development engineers

All jobs in this occupation code

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

2127

Production and process engineers

All jobs in this occupation code

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

 

2129

Engineering professionals not elsewhere classified

 

All jobs in this occupation code

 

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

2135

IT business analysts, architects, and system designers

 

All jobs in this occupation code

 


 

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

2136 Programmers and software development professionals

All jobs in this occupation code


 

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

2139

Information technology and communications professionals

 

Cyber security specialist 


 

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

2211

Medical practitioners

All jobs in this occupation code


 

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 

2212 PsychologistsAll jobs in this occupation code 
2216 VeterinariansAll jobs in this occupation code 

2217

Medical Radiographers

All jobs in this occupation code

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

2222

Occupational Therapists

All jobs in this occupation code

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

2223 Speech and language therapistsAll jobs in this occupation code 

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
     

  •  Science (where an element of physics will be taught)
     

  • Chemistry
     

  • computer science
     

  • Mandarin


 

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 

2431 ArchitectsAll jobs in this occupation code 
2433 Quantity SurveyorsAll jobs in this occupation code 

2442

Social workers

All jobs in this occupation code

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

All jobs in this occupation code

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

3213

Paramedics

All paramedics

Band 5 and equivalent: £23,023

Band 6 and equivalent: £28,050

Band 7 and equivalent: £33,222

3411

Artist

All jobs in this occupation code

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

3414

Dancers and choreographers

  • Skilled classical ballet dancers who meet the standard required by internationally recognised United Kingdom ballet companies. The company must be endorsed as being internationally recognised by a United Kingdom industry body such as the Arts Councils (of England, Scotland and/or Wales)
     

  • Skilled contemporary dancers who meet the standard required by internationally recognised United Kingdom contemporary dance companies. The company must be endorsed as being internationally recognised by a United Kingdom industry body such as the Arts Councils (of England, Scotland and/or Wales)

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

All jobs in this occupation code


 

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

3421

Graphic designers

All jobs in this occupation code


 

Salary rate: £22,400 

5215

Welders

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

£22,000

5434

Chefs

Skilled chef where:
 

  • The pay is at least £29,570 per year after deductions for accommodation, meals etc; and
     
  • The job requires five or more years relevant experience in a role of at least equivalent status to the one they are entering; and
     
  • The job is not in either a fast food or standard fare outlet; and
     
  • The job is in one of the following roles:


• executive chef - limited to one per establishment
• head chef - limited to one per establishment
• sous chef - limited to one for every four kitchen staff per establishment
• specialist chef - limited to one per speciality per 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.

2111 Chemical scientists

  • Chemical scientists within the nuclear industry

New entrant: £22,300
Experienced worker: £29,000

2127 Production and process engineers

 

  • Chemical engineers within the nuclear industry

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

2314 Secondary education teaching professionals
  •  Gaelic Teachers
 
2315 Primary and nursery education teaching professionals
  • Gaelic-medium teachers