I play in a local cribbage (crib) league, with ten players playing for
each team. You play in pairs, which means there are 4 players a game.
Last Thursday, our ‘skipper’ was having to make the rounds to let us all
know that our opponents couldn’t field enough players. An hour later however,
we were getting the news that we were in fact playing.
During the game, it became apparent
that our opponents had been forced to rope in anyone that had some connection
One of the opponents I was playing
against made a comment along the lines of “I vaguely remember the game”. The
opponent in question was the child of the captain of our opponents (who’d had
to travel close to an hour to play). To their credit, they played a very good
Back to the world of staffing and recruitment.
Our opponents at one point had a team (staffing) shortage. They were
able to bring in additional players (temps), which allowed them to play the
It is widely documented that there is a skill shortage in the UK at the moment, with thousands of positions available. A key list of professions where there is a shortage of talent in the UK is the “United Kingdom Shortage Occupation List“
The list isn’t in a format that is the
easiest to understand, being grouped by “Standard Occupation Classification”
(SOC) codes. To give a general idea, here are 32 jobs which are in high demand
in the UK in 2020
- Civil Engineers
- Mechanical Engineers
- Electrical Engineers
- Electronics Engineers
- Design and Development Engineers
- Production and Process Engineers
- Web design/ developers
- Cybersecurity specialists
- Medical Radiographers
- Occupational therapists
- Speech and language therapists
- Maths teachers
- Physics teachers
- Computer science teachers
- Mandarin teachers
- Landscape architect
- Quantity surveyors
- Social workers
- Quality control and planning engineers
- Classical Ballet Dancers
- Graphic Designers
- High Integrity Pipe Welders
- Head Chefs
If you are recruiting one of the above positions, the UK Government
recognises that recruiting from outside of the EU is, in all likelihood, the
fastest way to fill the role as there are too few suitably trained people in
If on the other hand, if you aren’t
recruiting a position on the occupation shortage list, there are certain criteria which you have to follow.
- You need to place at least two job adverts
- The job adverts need to be live for at least 28 days, or broken into two stages, with a minimum stage length of 7 days.
- You need to demonstrate that none of the applicants were suitable
Using a system such as an Applicant
Tracking System (ATS) to keep track of your job applicants, might help you to
prove that none of the applicants were suitable.
You may have to demonstrate that the salary you were offering for the role was appropriate and you will probably need to include it in all adverts. If you end up paying someone you are sponsoring a higher rate than advertised, you will need to re-advertise your role to demonstrate that no one in the country is suitable.
Hopefully, this post has helped
highlight a number of roles which are in short supply, with the start of the
process which you might need to go through. We are involved in recruitment, not
immigration, so please seek guidance from an appropriate professional.