UK Tier 2 Shortage Occupation List

In the UK skilled jobs usually need to be advertised to residents of the European Economic Area (EEA) for a set period before they can be offered to a Tier 2 worker, this requirement is known as the Resident Labour Market Test. However, each year the UK publishes a list of shortage occupations, which employers struggle to fill. Jobs on this list do not need to be advertised before they can be offered to a non-EEA immigrant. We enclose both the UK and Scotland Tier 2 Shortage Occupation List below:

If you want to employ a Tier 2 worker in one of these shortage occupations without going through the Resident Labour Market Test the role must be for at least 30 hours per week, and must pay the appropriate minimum salary found below. 

There are two Tier 2 Shortage Occupation Lists. The UK list applies to the entire United Kingdom (including Scotland), while the Scotland list applies only to Scotland. The Scotland list can be found at the bottom of this page.

Tier 2 Shortage Occupation List (UK)

Please note that only the job roles highlighted in bullet points below are exempt from the Resident Labour Market test.

SOC Code and occupation category

Occupations Included

Minimum Salary

1123

Production managers

Production managers in nuclear industry waste management and decommissioning:

  • Managing director

  • Programme director

  • Site Director

Production managers in electricity transmission and distribution:

  • Project manager

  • Site manager

Entry level: £20,800

Experienced: £37,600

2113

Physical scientists

Physical scientists in construction related ground engineering:

  • Engineering geologist

  • Hydrogeologist

  • Geophysicist

Physical scientists in the oil and gas industries:

  • Geophysicist

  • Geoscientist

  • Geologist

  • Geochemist

Physical scientists in nuclear industry waste management and decommissioning:

  • Technical services manager

Physical scientists in the mining industry:

  • Staff geologist

  • Senior resource geologist

Entry level: £21,000

Experienced: £27,200

2121

Civil engineers

Civil engineers in construction related ground engineering:

  • Geotechnical engineer

  • Tunnelling engineer

Civil engineers in the oil and gas industries:

  • Petroleum engineer

  • Drilling engineer

  • Completions engineer

  • Fluids engineer

  • Resevoir engineer

  • Offshore and subsea engineer

  • Control and isntrument engineer

  • Process safety engineer

  • Wells engineer

Civil engineers in the mining industry:

  • Senior mining engineer

Entry level: £22,800

Experienced: £30,00

2122

Mechanical engineers

  • Mechanical engineer in the oil and gas industries

Entry level: £27,400

Experienced: £32,900

2123

Electrical engineers

  • Electrical engineer in the oil and gas industry

Electrical engineers in electricity transmission and distribution:

  • Power system engineer

  • Control engineer

  • Protection engineer

Electrical engineers in aerospace:

  • Electrical machine design engineer

  • Power electronics engineer

Power system engineer,
Control engineer, or
Protection engineer in electricity transmission
and distribution:
£32,500

(Other engineers) Entry level: £24,800

(Other engineers) Experienced: £35,600

2124

Electronics engineers

  • Specialist electronics engineer in automotive manufacturing and design

 

Electronics engineers in the railway industry:

 

  • Signalling design manager
     

  • Signalling design engineer
     

  • Signalling principles designer
     

  • Senior signalling design checker
     

  • Signalling design checker
     

  • Signalling systems engineer

Entry level: £25,200

Experienced: £31,300

2126

Design and development engineers

  • Design engineer in electricity transmission and distribution

 

Design and development engineers in automotive manufacturing and design:
 

  • Product development engineer
     

  • Product design engineer

 

Design and development engineers in the electronics system industry:
 

  • Integrated circuit design engineer
     

  • integrated circuit test engineer

Entry level: £25,300

Experienced: £32,100

2127

Production and process engineers

 

 

  • Chemical engineer
     

  • Manufacturing engineer (process planning) in the aerospace industry
     

  • Technical services representative in the decommissioning and waste areas of the nuclear industry

Entry level: £22,900

Experienced: £30,000

 

2129

Engineering professionals

 

Engineering professionals in electricity transmission and distribution:

  • Project engineer
     

  • Proposals engineer

 

Engineering professionals in aerospace:

 

  • Aerothermal engineer
     

  • Stress engineer
     

  • Chief of engineering
     

  • Advance tool and fixturing engineer

 

Engineering professionals in the civil nuclear industry's waste management and decommissioning areas:

 

  • Operations manager
     

  • Decommissioning specialist manager

     

  • Project/planning engineer
     

  • Radioactive waste manager
     

  • Radiological protection advisor

 

Other engineering professionals in the civil nuclear industry:

 

  • Nuclear safety case engineer
     

  • Mechanical design engineer (pressure vehicles)
     

  • Piping design engineer
     

  • Mechanical design engineer (stress)
     

  • Thermofluids/process engineer


 


 

Entry level: £26,100

Experienced: £32,000

2133

IT specialist managers

 

 

  • IT product manager employed by a qualifying company, in a role which requires five years of appropriate experience, as well as proven experience of team leadership

     


 

Entry level: £26, 500

Experienced: £40,300

2135

IT business analysts, architects, and system designers

 

 

  • Systems engineer in visual effects and 2D/3D computer animation for film, television or, video games
     

  • Data scientist employed by a qualifying company, in a role which requires five years of appropriate experience, as well as proven experience of team leadership

     


 

Entry level:

Experienced:

2136 Programmers and software development professionals

  • Senior developer employed by a qualifying company, in a role which requires five years of appropriate experience, as well as proven experience of team leadership

 

Programmers and software development professionals in visual effects and 2D/3D computer animation for film, television, or video games industries:

 

  • Software developer
     

  • Shader writer
     

  • Games designer

 

Programmers and software development professionals in the electronics system industry:

 

  • Driver developer
     

  • Embedded communications engineer


 


 

Entry level: £24,000

Experienced: £31,100

2139

Information technology and communications professionals

 

 

  • Cyber security specialist employed by a qualifying company, in a role which requires five years of appropriate experience, as well as proven experience of team leadership


 

Entry level: £20,800

Experienced: £29,900

2142 Environmental Professionals

Environmental Professionals in construction related ground engineering:

 

  • Contaminated land specialist
     

  • Geoenvironmental specialist
     

  • Landfill engineer


 

Entry level: £20,800

Experienced: £24,300

2211

Medical practitioners

Medical consultants:

 

  • Clinical radiology consultant
     

  • Emergency medicine consultant
     

  • Old age psychiatry consultant

     

Non-consultant, non-training, medical staff in:

 

  • Emergency medicine (including specialist doctors working in accident and emergency)
     

  • Old age psychiatry
     

  • Paediatrics

 

Trainees:

 

  • CT3 trainee (emergency medicine)
     

  • ST4 to ST7 trainee (emergency medicine)
     

  • Core trainee (psychiatry)


 

Speciality registrar (StR) and equivalent: £30,002

Speciality doctor and equivalent: £37,176

Consultant and equivalent: £75,249

2217

Medical Radiographers

  • HPC registered diagnostic radiographer
     

  • Nuclear medicine practitioner
     

  • Radiotherapy physics practitioner
     

  • Radiotherapy physics scientist
     

  • Sonographer

 

 

Employers must present evidence of the worker's HPC registration to the Home Office on request. The worker may register while in the UK, but MUST register before starting work.

Band 5 and equivalent: £21,478

Band 6 and equivalent: £25,783

Band 7 and equivalent: £30,764

Band 8a and equivalent: £39,239

Band 8b and equivalent: £45,707

Band 8c and equivalent: £54,998

Band 8d and equivalent: £65,922

Band 9 and equivalent: £77,850

2219

Health professionals

  • Neurophysiology healthcare scientist
     

  • Neurophysiology practitioner
     

  • Nuclear medicine scientist
     

  • Orthotist
     

  • Prosthetist

Band 5 and equivalent: £21,478

Band 6 and equivalent: £25,783

Band 7 and equivalent: £30,764

Band 8a and equivalent: £39,239

Band 8b and equivalent: £45,707

Band 8c and equivalent: £54,998

Band 8d and equivalent: £65,922

Band 9 and equivalent: £77,850

2231

Nurses

  • All nurses

 

Nurses sponsored must:

 

  1. have obtained full registration with the Nursing and Midwifery Council; or
     

  2. have passed the Nursing and Midwifery Council’s Computer Based Test (CBT) of competence; or
     

  3. have obtained a Nursing and Midwifery Council permission before the 30th of April 2015 to undertake the Overseas Nursing Programme, and be sponsored to undertake a supervised practice placement as part of the programme, which has been approved by the Nursing and Midwifery Council.

 

Evidence of 1,2, or 3 above must be presented to the Home Office on request, and MUST be provided if applying for a Restricted Certificate of Sponsorship.

Band 3 and equivalent: £16,271

Band 5 and equivalent: £21,478

Band 6 and equivalent: £25,783

Band 7 and equivalent: £30,764

Band 8a and equivalent: £39,239

Band 8b and equivalent: £45,707

Band 8c and equivalent: £54,998

Band 8d and equivalent: £65,922

Band 9 and equivalent: £77,850

 

2314

Secondary education teaching professionals

Secondary education teachers in the following subjects:

 

  • Mathematics
     

  • Physics
     

  • Chemistry


 

Overseas Trained Teachers Programme participants and equivalent: £20,800

Qualified teachers and equivalent: £21,804

Post-threshold teachers and equivalent: £34,523

Leadership group, assistant head teacher, principal teacher and equivalent: £37,836

2425

Actuaries, economists, and statisticians

  • Bio-informatician
     

  • Informatician

Entry level: £26,500

Exprienced: £34,700

2442

Social workers

  • Chidlren's and family services social worker

Band 5 and equivalent: £21,478

Band 6 and equivalent: £25,783

Band 7 and equivalent: £30,764

Band 8a and equivalent: £39,239

Band 8b and equivalent: £45,707

Band 8c and equivalent: £54,998

Band 8d and equivalent: £65,922

Band 9 and equivalent: £77,850

2461

Quality control and planning engineers

Quality control and planning engineers in electricity transmission and distribution:

 

  • Planning / development engineer
     

  • Quality, health, safety and environment (QHSE) engineer

Entry level: £23,000

Experienced: £29,400

3113 Engineering technicians

Engineering technicians in electricity transmission and distribution:

 

  • Commissioning engineer
     

  • Substation electrical engineer

Entry level: £20,800

Experienced: £27,600

3213

Paramedics

  • All paramedics

Band 5 and equivalent: £21,478

Band 6 and equivalent: £25,783

Band 7 and equivalent: £30,764

3411

Artist

  • Animator in visual effects and 2D/3D computer animation for film, television, or video games industries:

Entry level: £20,800

Experienced: £21,500

3414

Dancers and choreographers

  • Classical ballet dancers who meet the standard required by internationally recognised UK ballet companies. To meet this standard the company must:

 

  1. have performed at or been invited to perform at renowed venues, such as the Royal Opera House, Sadler’s Wells, or Barbican (in th UK of elsewhere); or
     

  2. attract dancers and/or choreographers and other artists from other countries; or
     

  3. be endorsed as internationally recognised by a United Kingdom industry body such as the Arts Council England

 

  • Contemporary dancers who meet the standard required by internationally recognised United Kingdom contemporary dance companies. To meet this standard the company must:

 

  1. have performed at or been invited to perform at renowed venues, such as Sadler’s Wells, the Southbank Centre, or The Place (in th UK of elsewhere); or
     

  2. attract dancers and/or choreographers and other artists from other countries; or
     

  3. be endorsed as internationally recognised by a United Kingdom industry body such as the Arts Council England


     

Entry level: £20,800

Experienced: £24,200

3415

Musicians

  • Orchestral musicians who are leaders, principals, sub-principals or numbered string positions, and who meet the standard required by internationally recognised UK orchestras (such as the London Symphony Orchestra, London Philharmonic Orchestra, Philharmonia Orchestra and Royal Philharmonic Orchestra)

Entry level: £20,800

Experienced: £24,200

3416

Arts officers, producers, and directors

Arts officers, producers, and directors in visual effects and 2D/3D computer animation for the film, television or video games industries:

 

  • 2D supervisor
     

  • 3D supervisor
     

  • Computer graphics supervisor
     

  • producer
     

  • Production manager
     

  • Technical director
     

  • Visual effects supervisor


 

Entry level: £24,600

Experienced: £30,500

3421

Graphic designers

Graphic designers in visual effects and 2D/3D computer animation for the film, television or video games industries:

 

  • Compositing artist
     

  • Matte painter
     

  • Modeller
     

  • Rigger
     

  • Stereo artist
     

  • Texture artist


 

Entry level: £20,800

Experienced: £21,200

3541

Buyers and purchasing officers

  • Manufacturing engineer (purchasing) in aerospace


 

Entry level: £20,800

Experienced: £23,800

5215

Welders

  • High integiry pipe welder in a role that requires at least 3 years of appropriate work experience

£20,800.00

5235

Aircraft maintenance and related trades

  • Licensed and military certifying engineer/inspector technician


 

Entry level: £21,900

Experienced: £27,100

5249

Line repairers and cable jointers

  • Overhead linesworker at Linesman Erector 2 (LE2) level and above,

£32,000.00

5434

Chefs

  • Executive chef (one per establishment)

  • Head chef (one per establishment)
     

  • Sous chef (one for every 4 kitchen staff)

     

  • Specialist chef (one per speciality)

 

All cheffing jobs must meet the following conditions:

 

  1. Must require at least 5 years of experience in a role at the same level as the Tier 2 job
     

  2. must not be in a fast food, standard fare, or take away establishment


 

AFTER deductions for room, board, etc: £29,570

 

Tier 2 Shortage Occupations List (Scotland)

SOC Code and occupation category

Occupations Included

Minimum Salary

2113

Physical scientists

  • Medical physicist

     

  • Diagnostics radiology staff (including magnetic resonance imaging)

Entry level: £21,000

Experienced: £27,200

2211

Medical practitioners

  • Clinical oncology consultant

     

  • Non-consultant, non-training, medical staff post in clinical radiology

     

  • CT3 trainee (clinical radiology)

     

  • ST4 to ST7 trainee (clinical radiology)

  • Psychiatry staff (all grades except CPT1)

     

  • Anaesthetics, paediatrics, obstetrics and gynaecology staff (all grades)

Speciality registrar (StR) and equivalent: £30,002

Speciality doctor and equivalent: £37,176

Consultant and equivalent: £75,249