Call for evidence outcome

Shortage occupation list: call for evidence

This call for evidence has closed

Detail of outcome

The findings from this consultation are in the Review of the shortage occupation list: 2020.

Original call for evidence


We want to hear organisations' views on the roles that are being filled by migrant workers, the salaries they are paid and implications of potential changes.

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Call for evidence description

In March 2020, the government commissioned the Migration Advisory Committee (MAC) to compile a UK shortage occupation list (SOL), which will primarily focus on occupations at RQF Level 3-5 (medium skill). This is to be reported in September 2020.

We appreciate that the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak has placed businesses in an enormously difficult situation and that organisations that would normally respond to the call for evidence may not currently have capacity to do so.

Therefore, alongside the main call for evidence, we have created options to provide more limited evidence or to register that you would have responded in different circumstances.

The attached call for evidence identifies the sort of information that the MAC will find most helpful to receive during the initial phase of its consideration of the government’s commission, and details of how to submit your evidence.

We are requesting that evidence be submitted using the online form detailed in the call for evidence. This allows the MAC to assess and analyse the information in a structured and methodological way, assessing all information using the same criteria. This is the most effective way for the MAC to consider evidence from stakeholders.

Due to the current restrictions we are not able to respond within normal timescales to any correspondence sent by post. If you have any questions regarding the call for evidence, we would recommend emailing the MAC inbox:

You may find it useful to download a PDF copy of the questions to help prepare your online response. These are available below.

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Shortage occupation list questionnaire: processing of personal data

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Guide to shortage occupation list

Published 13 May 2020
Last updated 27 May 2020 + show all updates
  1. Added 'Guide to shortage occupation list'.

  2. Attached information about how the MAC will use your personal data for the purposes of reviewing the shortage occupation list.

  3. PDF copies of the questions added to help respondents prepare their evidence.

  4. First published.