Independent report

Skilled shortage occupations: methodology review, March 2010

Migration Advisory Committee (MAC) report on the methodology review for skilled shortage occupations.



This report assesses the methodology that MAC uses to identify labour shortages in skilled occupations and if it is sensible to fill these shortages by employing non-European Economic Area (EEA) immigrants.

This report includes information on:

  • how the shortage occupation lists operate within immigration policy and how it relates to the government’s current objectives
  • the overall approach and the specific methodologies developed for each of the 3 tests (skilled, shortage and sensible)
  • the evidence and the process for collecting and analysing this
  • the merging between data and evidence collected