Migration Advisory Committee

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The Migration Advisory Committee is a non-departmental public body associated with the British Home Office. It was established in 2007.[1]

Professor Alan Manning is the current chair. Professor Sir David Metcalf CBE was the chair from 2007 to 2016. Its former members include Diane Coyle.

It offers independent advice to the government on immigration policy, and particularly on the Shortage Occupation List. When occupations are placed on this list, UK employers have less restrictions for recruiting candidates directly from overseas; specifically from outside the EU. They would no longer need to complete a residency test, which involves demonstrating that a search for suitable candidates within the UK in the first instance has been unsuccessful.

In October 2011, actuaries were added to the UK Government's shortage occupation list.[2] They were removed from the list in April 2013 following a consultation by the Committee in January 2013.[3]

They recommended that employers hiring skilled workers from outside the European Union should have to pay £1,000 surcharge per head in January 2016 as an incentive to train more British staff.[4]

The Committee produced a report in 2016 in which they heavily criticised the Department of Health, Health Education England and NHS trusts for not recognising obvious warning signs over a number of years, and "reluctantly" agreed to keep nursing on the list of shortage occupations.[5]

It produced a report on seasonal labour in horticulture after the abolition of the Seasonal Agricultural Workers Scheme.[6]

The changes to the immigration rules in 2012, which affect the settlement of non-European economic area workers with tier II visas earning less than £35,000 were based on the recommendations of the committee.[7]


  1. ^ "Minutes of the Migration Advisory Committee meetings". National Archives. 11 March 2013. Archived from the original on 7 April 2013. Retrieved 2 May 2016.
  2. ^ "Reduction in jobs available to migrants". Home Office. 18 October 2011. Retrieved 12 June 2017.
  3. ^ "Migration Advisory Committee report: full review of the recommended shortage occupation lists for the UK and Scotland". Home Office. 15 February 2013. Archived from the original on 10 January 2014. Retrieved 12 June 2017.
  4. ^ "Charge employers £1,000 for every non-EU migrant worker, say Government advisers". Daily Telegraph. 19 Jan 2016. Retrieved 2 May 2016.
  5. ^ "'Desire to save money' caused NHS nursing shortage says damning report". Health Service Journal. 24 March 2016. Retrieved 2 May 2016.
  6. ^ "Growers fear for agriculture's future over seasonal worker recruitment problems". Kent News. 1 May 2016. Retrieved 2 May 2016.
  7. ^ "India consistently raising visa issue with the UK". The Economic Times. 2 May 2016. Retrieved 2 May 2016.

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