Inner Hero banner Image

Recruiting into a Shortage Occupation - Immigration Salary List

What is the Immigration Salary list?

The Immigration Salary List has replaced the Shortage Occupation List. The Immigration Salary List contains a list of jobs that are in high demand in the UK, with not enough UK workers are available to fill them. The list only includes roles which the Home Office consider suitable for a reduction of the general salary threshold. The list is updated periodically by the government, based on the recommendations of the Migration Advisory Committee (MAC), an independent body of experts.

The Immigration Salary List can make it easier and cheaper for you to sponsor overseas nationals for certain jobs. If the job is on the list, you can benefit from:

  • Lower salary thresholds: you can pay 80% of the usual general threshold for the job. For new Skilled Worker applicants, this will be £30,960. There is no reduction in the going rate threshold, and the minimum hourly rate for new applicants is still £15.88
  • Lower immigration skills charge
  • Lower visa application fees

How to check if your job is on the immigration salary list?

You can check if your job is on the list by using the ONS occupation coding tool. You need to enter the job title, and the tool will give you  the corresponding Standard Occupation Classification code (SOC code). You can then compare this with the Immigration Salary List published by the Government. 

How our immigration solicitors can help

Sponsoring overseas nationals can be a complex and time-consuming process. You need to ensure that you comply with all the rules and regulations and avoid any mistakes or delays that could jeopardise your licence or workers’ visas.

Our specialist immigration solicitors can offer support with any immigration licence matters and visa matters for overseas nationals. We can help you with:

  • Advising on whether your job is on the shortage occupation list and what are the benefits and requirements
  • Secure and assign the required certificates of sponsorship for you
  • Providing training and guidance to you and your HR team on how to use the SMS and fulfil your sponsorship duties
  • Assist your workers with their visa applications and extensions
  • Represent you in any communications with the Home Office

We have extensive experience and expertise in helping employers and workers with immigration matters.

If you need any assistance with the Immigration Salary List or any other aspect of sponsoring overseas nationals, please contact us today. We offer a free initial consultation and a fixed fee quote for our services.

Get in touch


  • JZ

    "The service you provided was perfect. I would definitely use your company again. Thank you"

    Junping Zhang

  • LC

    “The Business Immigration team’s support has been invaluable to the University over a number of years, and in particular lately on Brexit, enabling...

    Lisa Courtney, University of Leeds

  • "Excellent support from the Freeths team. They have been able to answer all of our queries and provide the best advice in the given situation."

    The Legal 500, 2024

  • "We have worked with Freeths for in excess of 20 years. They have taken time to fully understand our business, how we work and what our standards a...

    The Legal 500, 2023

  • “I have always been happy with the advice and support received.”

    Chambers & Partners, 2023

Related news & articles

1 of 1
  • Article

    MAC publishes review of the Graduate visa route

  • Article

    UK business immigration: What can businesses expect under a Labour government?

  • Article

    Concerns over UK’s transition to eVisas and the digital system’s shortcomings

  • Article

    Labour Shortages in the Food Supply Sector and the Government’s recommendations to tackle the issues

  • Article

    The Migration Advisory Committee’s rapid review of the Graduate route

  • Article

    Imposter workers and illegal working within the delivery services

  • Article

    Sunak declines Youth Mobility Scheme offer between the EU and the UK

  • Article

    EU Commission proposes to open youth mobility negotiations between the EU and the UK

  • Article

    Economic Benefits of the Graduate Route

  • Article

    The Home Office accepts recommendations for improvements to the immigration system in the social care sector.

  • Article

    Confirmation of the Skilled Worker Changes 2024

  • Article

    Citizens Advice raises concerns about exploitation in the care sector

Get in touch

Contact us today

Whatever your legal needs, our wide ranging expertise is here to support you and your business, so let’s start your legal journey today and get you in touch with the right lawyer to get you started.


Get in touch

For general enquiries, please complete this form and we will direct your message to the most appropriate person.