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Migrant worker teachers and the shortage occupation list

30 January 2017

The Migration Advisory Committee (MAC) was tasked with a review of whether there was a shortage of teachers, or teachers in specific subjects, which it would be sensible to fill through non-European Economic Area (EEA) migration.

The MAC has published its findings, and concluded that secondary education teachers in maths, physics, computer science, Mandarin, modern foreign language and science could be considered as being in shortage.

In light of these findings MAC has made the following recommendations:
  1. secondary education teachers of maths and physics should be retained on the Shortage Occupation List (SOL)
  2. secondary education teachers in the subjects of computer science, Mandarin and science should be added to the SOL
  3. secondary education teachers in the subject of chemistry should be removed from the SOL.

Whilst teachers of modern foreign languages may be in shortage, the MAC considered that it is not sensible to place these teachers on the SOL as it is natural to assume that the EEA is a source for teachers of French, German and Spanish.

MAC did not find sufficient evidence of a shortage of primary and nursery teachers, or of teachers in special needs schools.

Employers of migrant workers in the affected categories should look out for updates following these recommendations in respect of any amendments the Home Office make to the SOL.

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