Migration Advisory Committee (MAC) launch a call for evidence on Digital Technology
The Migration Advisory Committee (MAC) launched a call for evidence regarding their partial review of the shortage occupation lists (SOL) for the UK, with a particular focus on Digital Technology occupations.
This call for evidence is an opportunity for the sector to input and influence on the current migration environment, building on techUK's recent call for 'smart migration' to help the UK tech sector grow.
The shortage occupation lists identify skilled occupations and jobs where there is a labour shortage and it is sensible to fill that shortage with talent from outside the European Economic Area (EEA). Immigration policy is less restrictive for migrants applying to skilled jobs on the shortage occupation lists and their prospective employers do not have to carry out a resident labour market test (RLMT). The MAC call highlights Digital Technology as a potential shortage area.
techUK laid out our vision of a 'smart migration' policy in 'Securing our Digital Future: the techUK manifesto for growth and jobs 2015-2020'. We will now work with techUK members to further build evidence of shortages in specific job roles and skills within Digital Tech.
The MAC call for evidence closes on Friday 5 December 2014.
Please get in touch with Laura Weidinger if you would like to learn more or to contribute to the techUK response to the MAC.