Research and analysis

Recommended shortage occupation lists for the UK and Scotland: full review with sunset clause, Feb 2013

Full review of the recommended shortage occupation lists for the UK and Scotland by the Migration Advisory Committee, includes a sunset clause and the creative occupations.



This is the sixth iteration of the shortage occupation list under Tier 2 of the Points Based System for work immigration from outside the European Economic Area.

This report examines whether or not:

  • an occupation should automatically be removed from the shortage occupation list after a specified time (known as a ‘sunset clause’)
  • there should be a separate route under Tier 2 for creative occupations that no longer pass the skill threshold required for entry