There is a shortage of butchers, masons and welders in the UK, according to a new report.
The Migration Advisory Committee (MAC) says vacancies are growing and companies say there is a lack of opportunities to find suitably skilled workers for jobs.
The results have led the panel, which provides independent, evidence-based advice on migration to the government, to recommend adding the roles to the UK Bottleneck List (SOL) to make it easier for migrants to apply for work visas to fill jobs.
The SOL “evaluates which professions are scarce, i. H. Where employers find it difficult to find an adequate number of workers with the necessary skills to fill their vacancies and where we judge that migration is a reasonable answer to this shortage ”.
“These occupations are then subject to different, more favorable migration regulations, which enable employers to access a larger pool of suitable workers more quickly,” according to the MAC report.
When asked by reporters for his thoughts on the results, the chairman of the committee, Professor Brian Bell, said, “It seems extraordinary, I agree.
“I think this is a general point I might want to raise about how, and this is not a reflection on the current government, this is a reflection of governments of all beliefs for decades.
“I don’t think we did a very good job of linking bottlenecks to a training and education program that actually thinks about addressing those bottlenecks.”
“As far as we know, we are the only government advisors who essentially make a list of what we believe are shortages in certain occupations.
“Maybe other parts of the government are doing it, but I’m not aware of it.
“Of course we do that for the immigration system.
“We are not doing this to advise the Department of Education about what type of training programs may be required in the future.
“And there is a loophole that I think other countries can better combine this kind of forward-looking aspect of where the bottlenecks are and what we should do about them.”
Prof. Bell also said that these industries need to do more to attract resident workers, adding, “If we continue to see jobs that say, ‘Oh, we’re just going to rely on immigration,” then it is likely that the church has less and less understanding of their case.
“There is clear potential for a brighter future in terms of training programs to ensure UK workers can fill these jobs in the future.”