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Jobs in shortage in the UK

01 November 2012 #Immigration

The list of jobs which cannot be filled by domestic workers because of a lack of sufficient skill (a.k.a. the shortage occupation list) is now contained in Appendix K of the Immigration Rules to give the shortage list legal effect following the Supreme Court decision in Alvi.

The current shortage list can be accessed here:

A useful summary of the job titles on the shortage list, classified by sector is listed below:


Job title

Decommissioning and waste management areas of the nuclear industry:

  • Managing director
  • Programme director
  • Site director
  • Project/planning engineer
  • Radioactive waste manager
  • Technical services manager
  • Operations manager
  • Decommissioning specialist manager
  • Radiological protection advisor


Electricity transmission and distribution industry:

  • Project manager
  • Site manager
  • Design engineer
  • Planning/development engineer
  • Project engineer
  • Proposals engineer
  • Overhead lines worker working on high voltage lines carrying at least 275,000 volts
  • Power system engineer
  • Control engineer
  • Protection engineer
  • Quality, health, safety and environment (QHSE) engineer
  • Commissioning engineer
  • Substation electrical engineer



  • Geophysicist
  • Geoscientist
  • Geophysical specialist
  • Engineering geophysicist
  • Engineering geomorphologist
  • Geologist
  • Geochemist
  • Environmental scientist
  • Geotechnical design engineer
  • Geotechnical specialist
  • Reservoir panel engineer
  • Rock mechanics engineer
  • Hydro geologist
  • Soil mechanics engineer
  • Geomechanics engineer
  • Simulation development engineer
  • Geoenvironmental specialist
  • Geoenvironmental engineer
  • Contaminated land engineer
  • Landfill engineer
  • Metallurgical/mineral processing engineer
  • Mining geotechnical engineer
  • Mining and coal engineer
  • Wells engineer
  • Tunnelling engineer
  • Petroleum engineer
  • Drilling engineer
  • Completions engineer
  • Fluids engineer
  • Reservoir engineer
  • Offshore and subsea engineer
  • Control and instrument engineer
  • Process safety engineer
  • Mechanical engineer in the aerospace sector
  • All electrical engineers in the oil and gas industry
  • Chemical engineers
  • High integrity pipe welder with minimum three years relevant experience
  • Licensed and military certifying engineer/inspector technician



  • Nuclear medicine scientist
  • Radiotherapy physicist
  • Staff working in diagnostic radiology (including resonance imaging)
  • Consultant in clinical neurophysiology
  • Consultant in emergency medicine
  • Consultant in genito-urinary medicine
  • Consultant in haematology
  • Consultant in neurology
  • Consultant in occupational medicine
  • Emergency medicine (non consultant, non trainee)
  • General surgery (non consultant, non trainee)
  • Obstetrics and gynaecology (non consultant, non trainee)
  • Trauma and orthopaedic surgery (non consultant, non trainee)
  • ST4 level trainees in paediatrics
  • Specialist nurse working in operating theatres
  • Operating department practitioner nurse
  • Cardiac physiologist
  • Clinical neurophysiologist
  • Clinical vascular physiologist
  • Sleep physiologist
  • Consultant in forensic psychiatry
  • Consultant in general psychiatry
  • Consultant in learning disabilities psychiatry
  • Old age psychiatry
  • Anaesthetic (non consultant, non trainee).
  • Paediatric (non consultant, non trainee)
  • General medicine specialties delivering acute care services (intensive care medicine, general acute internal medicine) (non consultant, non trainee).
  • HPC-registered diagnostic radiographer
  • HPC registered therapeutic radiographer
  • Sonographer
  • Radiotherapy technologist
  • Nuclear medicine technologist
  • Specialist nurse in neonatal intensive care units



  • Manufacturing engineer (process planning)
  • Aerothermal engineer
  • Stress engineer
  • Chief of engineering
  • Technical services representative
  • Manufacturing engineer (purchasing)
  • Advance tool and fixturing engineer


2D/3D computer animation for film, television or video games:

  • Software developer
  • Systems engineer
  • Shader writer
  • Producer
  • Production manager
  • Technical director
  • Compositing artist
  • Matte painter
  • Modeller
  • Animator
  • 2D supervisor
  • 3D supervisor
  • Computer graphics supervisor
  • Visual effects supervisor
  • Rigger
  • Stereo artist
  • Texture artist



  • Secondary school maths teacher
  • Secondary school physics teacher
  • Secondary school chemistry teacher
  • Social worker in children’s and family services
  • Skilled classical ballet dancers (as specified)
  • Skilled contemporary dancers (as specified)
  • All teaching posts in special needs education sector
  • Qualified actuaries working in life assurance
  • Qualified actuaries working in general insurance
  • Qualified actuaries working in health and care sector
  • Skilled chef (as specified)
  • Skilled orchestral musicians (as specified)


Scotland only shortage list:

  • All jobs above, and:
  • ST3, ST5 and ST6 level trainees in paediatrics
  • Consultant in paediatrics
  • Staff grade and Associate Specialist doctors in paediatrics
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