The UK Government has relaxed the immigration rules allowing businesses within the oil and gas industry to employ skilled foreign workers. This news gives the oil and gas industry a boost to help fill specialised engineering jobs from out with the EU Zone.
The Migration Advisory Committee (MAC) has advised the immigration authorities to add the twenty new engineering job categories to the Shortage Occupation List (SOL). The new additions added include mechanical, production and electrical engineering occupations.
Jill Turner, Immigration and employment law expert said; This is really good news for the oil and gas sector which is finding it difficult to recruit specialist engineers. The Migration Advisory Committee (MAC) has listened to the concerns of employers and has taken steps to make it easier for firms to recruit outside Europe.
“Clients tell me one of their biggest challenges is being able to fill key jobs when bidding for or landing a contract and this creates uncertainty and undermines long term planning and business growth. ”
“MAC have acknowledged that there is a shortage of specialist skills in Aberdeen which is vital to the oil and gas industry and that it’s not possible to train people for those posts in the short term.
“In the last four years 100 job categories have been removed from SOL and it is relief that a so-called sunset clause has been ruled out because this would have made it easier to axe more posts and would be detrimental to recruitment in the energy sector.”
The SOL list is a record of jobs which are in demand and are not affected by the strict immigration rules which can often make it difficult for employers to hire skilled foreign workers. This change will allow businesses within the oil and gas industry to feel secure that they will have the workers to meet the required demands of the jobs.
Jill Turner, expert on Employment and Immigration law. Visit Jill Turner’s profile page.