UK SHORTAGE OCCUPATIONS LIST

The UK Shortage Occupations List details the professions that are in high demand in the UK.  Employers for the occupations listed below are not required to advertise the posts they wish to fill.

Please note that while each of the occupations listed below is in high demand in the UK, each may be subject to further conditions or requirements such as minimum salary, experience or qualification requirements.

To read more about each occupation, please consult the Home Office Shortage Occupation page.

Engineering Occupations

Civil Engineers (2121)
Geotechnical Design Engineer
Geotechnical Specialist
Reservoir Panel Engineer
Rock Mechanics Engineer
Soil Mechanics Engineer
Geomechanics Engineer
Mining Geotechnical Engineer
Mining and Coal Engineer
Wells Engineer
Tunneling Engineer
Petroleum Engineer
Drilling Engineer
Completions Engineer
Fluids Engineer
Reservoir Engineer
Offshore and Subsea Engineer
Control and Instrument Engineer
Process Safety Engineer
Mechanical Engineers (2122)
Mechanical Engineer in the Aerospace Sector
Electrical Engineers (2122)
All electrical engineers in the oil and gas industry
The following jobs in the electricity transmission and distribution industry
Power System Engineer
Control Engineer
Protection Engineer
Chemical Engineers (2125)
Any Appropriate
Design and Development Engineers (2126)
Design Engineer in the Electricity Transmission and Distribution Industry
Simulation Development Engineer
Production and Process Engineers (2127)
Manufacturing engineer (process planning) in the aerospace sector
Simulation Development Engineer
Planning and Quality Control Engineers (2128)

The following jobs in the electricity transmission and distribution industry:

Planning / Development engineer
Quality, Health, Safety, and Environment (QHSE) Engineer
Engineering Professionals not elsewhere classified (2129)
Geoenvironmental Specialist
Geoenvironmental Engineer
Contaminated Land Engineer
Landfill Engineer
Metallurgical / Mineral Processing Engineer
Following jobs in the Aerospace Sector
Aerothermal Engineer
Stress Engineer
Chief of Engineering
Advance Tool and Fixturing Engineer
The Following Jobs in the Decommissioning and Waste Management Areas of the Nuclear Industry
Operations Manager
Decommissioning Specialist Manager
Project / Planning Engineer
Radioactive Waste Manager
Radiological Protection Advisor
The Following Jobs in the Electricity Transmission and Distribution Industry
Project Engineer
Proposals Engineer
Engineering Technicians (3113)

The following jobs in the electricity transmission and distribution industry

Commissioning Engineer
Substation Electrical Engineer

Healthcare Occupations

Medical Practitioners (2211)
Consultants in the following specialties
Clinical Neurophysiology
Emergency Medicine
Genitourinary Medicine
Hematology
Neurology
Occupational Medicine
Consultants in the following specialties of psychiatry
Forensic Psychiatry
General Psychiatry
Learning Disabilities Psychiatry
Old Age Psychiatry
Non-consultant, non-training, medical staff posts in the following
Anesthetics
Pediatrics
General Medicine Specialities Delivering Acute Care Services (Intensive Care Medicine, General Internal Medicine (Acute))
Emergency Medicine
General Surgery
Obstetrics and Gynaecology
Trauma and Orthopaedic Surgery
ST4 Level Trainees in Paediatrics
Social Workers (2442)
Social Worker in Children’s and Family Services
Nurses (3211)
Specialist Nurse Working in Operating Theatres
Operating Department Practitioner
Specialist Nurse Working in Neonatal Intensive Care Units
Medical Radiographers (3214)
HPC-Registered Diagnostic Radiographer
HPC-Registered Therapeutic Radiographer
Sonographer
Biological Scientists and Biochemists (2112)
Cardiac Physiologist
Clinical Neurophysiologist
Clinical Vascular Scientist
Respiratory Physiologist
Sleep Physiologist
Medical and Dental Technicians (3218)
Nuclear Medicine Technologist
Radiotherapy Technologist
Medical Practitioners (2211)
ALL Jobs on the UK Shortage Occupation List
ST3, ST5 and ST6 Level Trainees in Paediatrics (ST4 Level Trainee)
Staff Grade and Associate Specialist (SAS) Doctors in Paediatrics
Consultants in Paediatrics

Arts and Entertainment Occupations

Artists (3411)
Animator in Visual Effects and 2D / 3D Computer Animation for Film, Television or Video Games
Dancers and Choreographers (3414)
Skilled Classical Ballet Dancers
Must meet the standard required by internationally recognized United Kingdom ballet companies (e.g. Birmingham Royal Ballet, English National Ballet, Northern Ballet Theatre, The Royal Ballet, and Scottish Ballet).
Skilled Contemporary Dancers
Must meet the standard required by internationally recognized United Kingdom contemporary dance companies (e.g. Shobana Jeyasingh Dance Company, Scottish Dance Theatre, and Rambert Dance Company).
Musicians (3415)
Skilled Orchestral Musicians
Must meet the standard required by internationally recognized United Kingdom orchestras (e.g. London Symphony Orchestra, London Philharmonic Orchestra, Philharmonia Orchestra, and Royal Philharmonic Orchestra).
Arts Officers, Producers and Directors (3416)

The following roles within visual effects and 2D / 3D computer animation for film, television or video games:

2D Supervisor
3D Supervisor
Computer Graphics Supervisor
Producer
Production Manager
Technical Director
Visual Effects Supervisor
Graphic Designers (3421)

The following roles within visual effects and 2D / 3D computer animation for film, television or video games:

Compositing Artist
Matte Painter
Modeler
Rigger
Stereo Artist
Texture Artist

Other Occupations

Directors and Chief Executives of Major Organisations (1112)

The following jobs in the decommissioning and waste management areas of the nuclear industry:

Managing Director
Programme Director
Site Director
Production, Works and Maintenance Managers (1121)
Project Manager in the Electricity Transmission and Distribution Industry
Managers in Mining and Energy (1123)
Site Manager in the Electricity Transmission and Distribution Industry
Physicists, Geologists, and Meteorologists (2113)
Hydro Geologist
Geophysicist
Geoscientist
Geophysical Specialist
Engineering Geophysicist
Engineering Geomorphologist
Geologist
Geochemist
Environmental Scientist
Technical Services Manager in the Decommissioning and Waste Areas of the Nuclear Industry
Nuclear Medicine Scientist
Radiotherapy Physicist
Staff Working in Diagnostic Radiology (Including Magnetic Resonance Imaging)
Software Professionals (2132)

The following roles within visual effects and 2D / 3D computer animation for film, television or video games:

Software Developer
Systems Engineer
Shader Writer
Secondary education teaching professionals (2314)
Secondary Education Teachers in the Subjects of Maths or Pure Sciences (Physics and/or Chemistry)
Secondary Education Teaching Professionals (2314)
Secondary Education Teachers in the Subjects of Maths or Pure Sciences (Physics and/or Chemistry)
Management Consultants, Actuaries, Economists and Statisticians (2423)
Qualified Actuaries Working in the Life Assurance, General Insurance, and Health and Care Sectors
Buyers and Purchasing Officers (3541)
Manufacturing Engineer (Purchasing) in the Aerospace Sector
Welding Trades (5215)
High Integrity Pipe Welder where the Job Requires Three or More Years Relevant Experience
Line Repairers and Cable Jointers (5243)
Overhead Linesworker in the Electricity Transmission and Distribution Industry, Working on High Voltage Lines that carry at least 275,000 volts
Chefs, Cooks (5434)

Skilled chef which constitutes one of the following roles

Executive Chef – limited to one per establishment
Head Chef – limited to one per establishment
Sous Chef – limited to one for every four kitchen staff per establishment
Specialist Chef – limited to one per specialty per establishment