Three ways HR can ease the skills shortage
With job vacancies still rising and many workers still to be tempted back into the workplace, here are some ways HR can ease the most critical skills shortages this year.
Author: Judit Adorjan
The Migration Advisory Committee (MAC) has been asked to review the current Shortage Occupation List (SOL) and consider the following:
The Shortage Occupation List (SOL) assesses occupations where employers are having difficulties to hire adequate numbers of workers with the required skills to fill their vacancies. In these instances, the Home Office considers that migration is a sensible response to the shortages. These occupations are then subject to more favourable migration arrangements allowing employers to assess a wider pool of suitable candidates, more quickly. An occupation’s skill level is based on the length of time it would take to train a new entrant to become fully competent in the performance of the tasks associated with a job.
The MAC will recommend the SOL salary threshold discount for occupations subject to a binding going rate to be abolished.
This means occupations on national pay scales and occuaptions where the going rate is above the Skilled Worker general threshold are excluded.
As a consequence the only occupations that will benefit from being on the SOL that will be considered for inclusion are those for which the going rate falls between £20,480 and £25,600 (or £20,960 and £26,200 subject to Parliamentary approval).
Going rates are published under Appendix Skilled Occupations.
They are derived from the Annual Survey of Hours and Earnings (ASHE) data and represent the 25th percentile of full-time annual wages.
The current going rates are based on ASHE 2019.
The MAC reviews the SOL based information received from staekholders via the CfE, alongside data on shortage and information from other sources, such as stakeholder events.
There are three different questionnaires that can be completed based on whether yuo are responding:
There are 2 core sections in the CfE: Section B and Section C.
Section B is split into 2 parts:
You will need to provide the relevant Standard Occupation Classification (SoC) Codes for the occupations you think should go on the SOL.
To respond to this section please look up your SoC code using the ONS toolkit
You can submit evidence that all occupations in a SoC Code are in shortage or only some occupations (for example, only mechanics rather than SoC code 5321 as a whole)
This includes questions on how data on shortages compares with your experience or of the organisations you represent.
This should include answers to whether it is appropriate to recruit migrant workers to resolve shortages.
A job being identified as shortage may not be sufficient if there are other options available besides migration , for example: if the shortages can be resolved by improving job offers through better conditions or pay, expanding recruitment strategies to attract the unemployed or investing in technology to reduce dependency on labour.
All responses to the CfE must be submitted by 26 May 2023.
If you are struggling with labour shortages and do not currently hold a sponsor licence get in touch with the Migrate UK team for assistance with your application.Back