UK Immigration and High Demand Job Sectors


After 1st January 2021, any non-UK or Irish national who wishes to move the UK and work on a long-term basis will need to apply for an appropriate visa. The system for Skilled Workers to move to the UK has been changed to make it streamlined and easy to follow. If you are a Skilled Worker in a high demand job area, then you will find the immigration process even easier.

How Can You Find Out if Your Job Sector is in High Demand?

The Migration Advisory Committee (MAC) is the organisation that decides which jobs are in high demand based on occupations where there is a shortage of workers. The job sectors where migrants are usually in high demand in the UK include science, engineering, Information Technology, Medicine, Education and the creative sector, however, this is not an exhaustive list, and the occupations are under constant review. High demand job sectors are therefore open to change, and so you should always double-check before making any applications.

In order to take the hassle out of the immigration process, the details of occupations that are eligible for use on an immigration application can be found online, and the occupations that have workers in short supply are also available for you to check.

Salary Structure Eligibility

To be eligible to apply for immigration, you must be able to demonstrate that you have been offered a job that meets certain salary requirements. As a general rule, any job you are offered must pay you at least £25,600 per year, or the ‘going rate’ for a similar job if that would usually be higher than £25,600.

Whilst this is a general rule, there are exceptions and circumstances under which it is possible to earn less than the ‘going rate’ for your job. You can earn between 70% and 90% of the ‘going rate’ if you meet one of another set of criteria. This is because the salary part of the immigration eligibility criteria is ‘tradeable’, meaning, if you meet another criterion, you can trade the points can be awarded for a lower salary and still meet the required 70 points to apply.

Salary characteristic Points Tradeable?
Salary = £20,480 (minimum) -£23,039 0 Yes
Salary of £23,040 – £25,599 10 Yes
Salary of £25,600 or above 20 Yes

Salary for High Demand Jobs

One of the criteria that allows you to take a job that offers a lower salary than the ‘going rate’ is if the job falls within the list of occupations where there is a shortage of workers. Therefore, if the job you are looking for, or the job that you have been offered, is on the list you can accept a job that pays up to 80% less than the ‘going rate’. This allows you a great deal more flexibility when you are searching for a job.

If you want to find out more about what jobs are in high demand, get in touch with us, and we can help you find the perfect role!