Published 1 December 2020

1. Skilled Worker visa: shortage occupations

Check which jobs are on the shortage occupations list in each area of the UK.

If your job is on the list, you can be paid 80% of the job’s usual going rate to qualify for a Skilled Worker visa.

The annual salaries for these jobs are based on a 39-hour working week. They must be pro-rated for other working patterns, based on the weekly working hours stated by your employer.

Occupation codeJob types included on the shortage occupations listAreas of the UK where there is a shortageAnnual salary (80% of going rate)
2111Chemical scientists – only jobs in the nuclear industryScotland only80% of going rate: £21,360(£10.53 per hour)
2112Biological scientists and biochemists – all jobsEngland, Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland80% of going rate: £23,760(£11.72 per hour)
2113Physical scientists – only the following jobs in the construction-related ground engineering industry:
engineering geologist
hydrogeologist
geophysicist
England, Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland80% of going rate: £29,200(£14.40 per hour)
2113Physical scientists – only the following jobs in the oil and gas industry:
geophysicist
geoscientist
geologist
geochemist
technical services manager in the decommissioning and waste areas of the nuclear industry
senior resource geologist and staff geologist in the mining sector
England, Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland80% of going rate: £29,200(£14.40 per hour)
2114Social and humanities scientists – only archaeologistsEngland, Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland80% of going rate: £20,720(£10.22 per hour)
2121Civil engineers – all jobsEngland, Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland80% of going rate: £28,000(£13.81 per hour)
2122Mechanical engineers – all jobsEngland, Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland80% of going rate: £26,720(£13.18 per hour)
2123Electrical engineers – all jobsEngland, Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland80% of going rate: £29,600(£14.60 per hour)
2124Electronics engineers – all jobsEngland, Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland80% of going rate: £27,760(£13.69 per hour)
2126Design and development engineers – all jobsEngland, Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland80% of going rate: £27,280(£13.45 per hour)
2127Production and process engineers – all jobsEngland, Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland80% of going rate: £26,480(£13.06 per hour)
2129Engineering professionals not elsewhere classified – all jobsEngland, Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland80% of going rate: £26,160(£12.90 per hour)
2135IT business analysts, architects and systems designers – all jobsEngland, Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland80% of going rate: £29,280(£14.44 per hour)
2136Programmers and software development professionals – all jobsEngland, Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland80% of going rate: £26,640(£13.14 per hour)
2137Web design and development professionals – all jobsEngland, Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland80% of going rate: £20,800(£10.26 per hour)
2139Information technology and communications professionals not elsewhere classified – only cyber security specialistsEngland, Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland80% of going rate: £25,440(£12.54 per hour)
2216Veterinarians – all jobsEngland, Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland80% of going rate: £26,000(£12.82 per hour)
2425Actuaries, economists and statisticians – only bio-informaticians and informaticiansEngland, Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland80% of going rate: £26,240(£12.94 per hour)
2431Architects – all jobsEngland, Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland80% of going rate: £28,000(£13.81 per hour)
2461Quality control and planning engineers – all jobsEngland, Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland80% of going rate: £24,400(£12.03 per hour)
3411Artists – all jobsEngland, Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland80% of going rate: £16,800(£8.28 per hour)
3414Dancers and choreographers – only skilled classical ballet dancers or skilled contemporary dancers who meet the standard required by internationally recognised UK ballet or contemporary dance companies.
The company must be endorsed as being internationally recognised by a UK industry body such as the Arts Councils (of England, Scotland or Wales).
England, Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland80% of going rate: £23,840(£11.76 per hour)
3415Musicians – only skilled orchestral musicians who are leaders, principals, sub-principals or numbered string positions, and who meet the standard required by internationally recognised UK orchestras.
The orchestra must be endorsed as being internationally recognised by the Association of British Orchestras.
England, Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland80% of going rate: £22,000(£10.85 per hour)
3416Arts officers, producers and directors – all jobsEngland, Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland80% of going rate: £24,000(£11.83 per hour)
3421Graphic designers – all jobsEngland, Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland80% of going rate: £18,800(£9.27 per hour)
5215Welding trades – only high integrity pipe welders, where the job requires 3 or more years’ related on-the-job experienceEngland, Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland80% of going rate: £18,240(£8.99 per hour)
5434Chefs – only skilled chefs where all of the following requirements are met:
the pay for which points are awarded is at least £29,570 per year; and
the job requires 5 or more years’ relevant experience in a role of at least equivalent status; and
the job is not in either a fast food or standard fare outlet; and
the job is in one of the following roles:
executive chef – limited to 1 per establishment
head chef – limited to 1 per establishment
sous chef – limited to 1 for every 4 kitchen staff per establishment
specialist chef – limited to 1 per speciality per establishment
England, Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland£29,570 – see description

2. Skilled Worker visa: shortage occupations for health and education

Check which jobs are on the health and education shortage occupations list in each area of the UK. For the Skilled Worker visa and the Health and Care visa.

Check which jobs are on the healthcare and education shortage occupations list in each area of the UK, and how much you’ll need to be paid.

If your job is on this list, your salary must be at least the national pay scale rate for the job you’ll be doing to qualify for a Skilled Worker visa.

Occupation codeJob types included on the shortage occupations listAreas of the UK where there is a shortage
2211Medical practitioners – all jobsEngland, Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland
2212Psychologists – all jobsEngland, Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland
2217Medical radiographers – all jobs (including radiotherapy practitioners / technologists)England, Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland
2222Occupational therapists – all jobsEngland, Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland
2223Speech and language therapists – all jobsEngland, Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland
2231Nurses – all jobsEngland, Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland
2314Secondary education teaching professionals – only teachers in maths, physics, science (where an element of physics will be taught), computer science and MandarinEngland, Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland
2314Secondary education teaching professionals – only teachers in GaelicScotland only
2315Primary and nursery education teaching professionals – only Gaelic medium teachersScotland only
2442Social workers – all jobsEngland, Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland
3213Paramedics – all jobsEngland, Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland

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