Effective October 6, 2019, the UK's Shortage Occupation List

was amended to include new occupations for the Tier 2 General

category.  These occupations include:

  • SOC code 2135 – IT business analysts, architects, and

    system designers roles

  • SOC code 2136 – Program and software development


  • SOC code 2137 – Web design and development professional


  • SOC code 2139 – Cyber security specialists
  • SOC code 2121 – Civil Engineering roles
  • SOC code 2431 – Architects
  • SOC code 5434 – Skilled Chefs

If applying under a Tier 2 shortage role, the company is not

required to advertise for the position.  There are also other

advantages such as lower application fees, priority allocation for

Certificate of Sponsorships once the cap is reached, and when

applying for Permanent Residence, the shortage worker does not need

to meet the minimum earnings threshold.

The content of this article is intended to provide a general

guide to the subject matter. Specialist advice should be sought

about your specific circumstances.

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