Britain recently modified its “shortage occupation list” in an effort to entice foreign laborers into the construction industry. With this change, the construction sector will be able to more easily hire personnel from other countries, which will help address the critical issue of open positions.
Due to severe labor shortages in some industries, which forced employers to look abroad for qualified workers, it was decided to expand the list of shortage occupations. The Conservative Party of Prime Minister Rishi Sunak, which has been devoted to lowering net migration over the past ten years, has faced political difficulties as a result of this decision.
The updated list now includes a number of construction-related occupations, such as bricklayers, masons, roofers, roof tilers, slaters, carpenters, joiners, and plasterers. These professionals will now gain access to more affordable and convenient visa options in addition to laxer employment requirements.
According to the UK interior ministry, the creation of these new construction jobs is intended to aid in the growth of related industries and support the development of vital national infrastructure.
Prior to this, the independent migration advisory committee had suggested adding these construction jobs to the shortage occupation list. Caretakers, civil engineers, laboratory technicians, and various positions in the healthcare industry are already included on this list.
An all-time high of 606,000 net migrants entered Britain last year, prompting Sunak’s administration to reiterate its commitment to limiting immigration.
Subject to meeting an English language requirement and receiving a job offer from a UK employer, workers in roles listed under the shortage occupation category can now earn 80% of the typical job rate and still qualify for a visa.