Skilled chefs from outside the European Union will still be allowed to work in the UK under strict new guidelines proposed to the Home Office today by independent advisors.
As part of Home Office plans to reduce the number of individual positions open to migrants by 30%, the Migration Advisory Committee (MAC) was tasked with revising the list of occupations and skills that are in short supply in UK.
As well as "skilled chefs", the list includes secondary school teachers of Maths and Sciences, consultants and senior specialist nurses and some engineering occupations, including civil and chemical engineers.
The MAC's recommended list reduces the number of jobs open to migrants from one million to 700,000. The list also defines more tightly which positions cannot easily be filled by resident workers.
Immigration minister Liam Byrne said: "Our new Australian-style points system is flexible to meet the needs of British business while ensuring that only those we want and no more can come here to work. This tough new shortage occupation list supports that."
The official shortage occupation list will be published by the Home Office next month ahead of the skilled worker tier of the points system - known as Tier 2 - coming on-line in November.
By Daniel Thomas
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