The Migration Advisory Committee (MAC) has been commissioned by the Government to carry out a partial review of the shortage occupation list, to determine whether there is a shortage of teachers or teachers in specific subjects that it would be sensible to fill through non-European Economic Area (EEA) migration.

The UK operates a Points Based System (PBS) for migration to the UK from outside the EEA, which was introduced in 2008. It consists of five tiers:

Tier 1: investors, entrepreneurs, and exceptionally talented migrants.
Tier 2: skilled workers with a job offer in the UK.
Tier 3: low-skilled workers needed to fill specific temporary labour shortages. Tier 3 has never been opened.
Tier 4: students.
Tier 5: Youth mobility and temporary workers. This route is for those allowed to work in the UK for a limited period of time to satisfy primarily non-economic objectives.

The Tier 2 (General) immigration route includes:


All Tier 2 (General) migrants must earn an annual salary of at least £20,800. The salary threshold normally increases each year in line with wage inflation.

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