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Shortage Occupation List 2021: Top Jobs in the UK for Overseas Workers
To work as a non-UK resident for a UK business, you require a Certificate of Sponsor from an employer with a sponsor licence. Unfortunately, not all jobs qualify for a skilled worker visa.
If you are looking for a job in the UK from overseas, it is essential that you know which jobs are in high demand before you apply for a skilled worker visa. As experts in helping foreign workers secure employment in the UK, we have selected the top jobs that sponsor visas in the UK.
Before we begin, it is worth you knowing about the Shortage Occupation List (SOL).
What is the Shortage Occupation List?
The SOL is a list of roles in the UK that, according to the British government, are deemed to be in short supply.
Under the new points-based immigration system, all non-UK resident workers must apply for a visa to come to the UK to work. The primary route is through a skilled worker visa, which replaces the Tier 2 (General) visa, and requires applicants to attain 50 mandatory points and 20 tradeable points.
For more information on how to make a skilled worker visa application, take a look at our dedicated page.
The Shortage Occupation List
There is a wide range of roles that are in shortage in the UK. Take a look at the current list below:
Engineering and Construction
|Physical scientists in the construction-relation ground engineering industry: Engineering geologist, hydrogeologist, geophysicist||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes|
|Civil engineers - all jobs||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes|
|Mechanical engineers - all jobs||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes|
|Electrical engineers - all jobs||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes|
|Electronics engineers - all jobs||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes|
|Design and development engineers - all jobs||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes|
|Production and process engineers - all jobs||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes|
|Engineering professionals not elsewhere classified||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes|
|Architects - all jobs||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes|
|Quality control and planning engineers - all jobs||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes|
|Welding trades - only high-integrity pipe welders where the job requires three or more years' related on-the-job experience||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes|
|Actuaries, economists and statisticians - only bioinformaticians and informaticians||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes|
Hospitality and Leisure
Chefs - only skilled chefs where all of the following requirements are met:
Media and Entertainment
|Artists - all jobs||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes|
|Dancers 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||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes|
|Musicians - only skilled orchestral musicians who are leaders, principals, sub-principals or numbered string positions, and meet the standard required by internationally recognised UK orchestras||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes|
|Arts officers, producers and directors - all jobs||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes|
|Graphic designer - all jobs||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes|
Oil and Gas
Physical scientists in the oil and gas industry:
Pharmaceutical and Life Sciences
|Biological scientists and biochemists - all jobs||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes|
|Social and humanities scientists - all jobs||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes|
|Veterinarians - all jobs||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes|
Power and Utilities
|Chemical scientists - only jobs in the nuclear industry||-||-||Yes||-|
|IT business analysts, architects and systems designers - all jobs||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes|
|Programmers and software development professionals - all jobs||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes|
|Web design and development professionals - all jobs||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes|
|Information technology and communications professionals not elsewhere classified - only cyber security specialists||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes|