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Is it relevant if the job an employer wants to sponsor for is on the shortage occupation list?

The Shortage Occupation List is a list of all roles in the UK which UKVI believes there are not enough settled workers to fill. The current List can be found in the Immigration Rules here.

If a job is on the Shortage Occupation List, they will not need to meet the £25,600 salary threshold. Instead the threshold will be lowered to £20,480 per year and 80% of the going rate for the occupation, whichever is higher. Employers will find it more affordable to sponsor individuals in shortage occupations.

Read more about this and other questions in our

Sponsor licences section.

Disclaimer

Given the fast pace of change, we would stress that this information is designed to be informative, not advisory and represents our understanding of English law and practice as at the date indicated. We would always recommend that you should seek specific guidance on any particular legal issue.

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