Research and analysis

Analysis of the points-based system: Tier 2 at NQF level 6

Migration Advisory Committee analysis report on revised UK shortage occupation list for Tier 2 of jobs skilled to NQF level 6 and above.


Migration Advisory Committee: list of occupations skilled at NQF level 6 and above and tier 2 codes of practice review

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In December 2010, the government asked the Migration Advisory Committee (MAC) to provide advice in relation to the minimum skill requirement for occupations and job titles under Tier 2. Specifically, the government has asked that we answer the following two questions:

  • ‘What standard occupational classification (SOC) codes should be considered as graduate level occupations for the purposes of Tier 2 of the points-based system?’

  • ‘How should the current shortage occupation Lists for the UK and Scotland be revised to remove jobs below graduate level?’

The report below contains the MAC’s advice.

This report includes:

  • an updated list of occupations that qualify for tier 2 of the points-based system (skilled to National Qualifications Framework 6), which reflects the Standard Occupational Classification (SOC) 2010
  • a review of the codes of practice used under tier 2
Published 1 October 2012