Breytenbachs have good news for overseas construction workers wanting to work in the UK. The Home Office has taken a significant step to address labour shortages in the UK construction industry. Various job roles in the construction sector were added to the Shortage Occupation List (SOL). This move, effective from 7 August 2023, is in line with the recommendations of the Migration Advisory Committee (MAC).
The development brings a host of benefits to both employers and overseas workers wanting to work in the UK construction field.
Advantages of Construction Job Roles on the SOL
When a job is included on the UK Shortage Occupation List, it holds several advantages. Occupations on this list are considered to be in short supply within the domestic labour market. This prompts the UK government to offer certain concessions to fill these gaps. For the newly added construction roles, this means that visa applications related to these specific jobs will require lower salary thresholds, only 80% of the standard rate. Additionally, application fees are reduced by approximately 25%-30%, making it more affordable for employers and employees to navigate the immigration process. This decision is expected to aid in addressing labour shortages and ensuring the smooth progress of construction projects across the country.
This development is particularly beneficial for overseas construction workers considering opportunities in the UK. Having their professions listed on the Shortage Occupation List gives them access to streamlined visa application processes and reduced financial barriers. The lower salary requirement not only eases the burden on these workers but also opens up avenues for skilled individuals who may have been discouraged by previous financial constraints.
Construction Job Roles Added to SOL
The roles that have been included cover a range of vital construction occupations. This encompasses bricklayers and masons, roofers, roof tilers, slaters, carpenters and joiners, and other construction and building trades not elsewhere classified, as well as plasterers.
How Breytenbachs can help you
Breytenbachs boasts a dedicated team of consultants specialising in Skilled Worker Visa applications and sponsorship licensing. We assist both employers and employees with the visa application and sponsorship licensing process.
For a seamless visa experience or more information, contact Breytenbachs today.