UK Skills Shortage List

The UK Skills Shortage list gets released annually. We try and keep this list as current as possible.

Engineering occupation shortages

Transportation and Highways Engineers
Engineers who are required to have a transport-related degree, or a degree and at least 2 years relevant experience from a civil background in the following sub-sectors:

  • Traffic Engineer or Transport Planner
  • Highways Design Engineer or Highways Planning Engineer

Ground Engineering
Ground Engineering occupations related solely to the construction sector and not to oil/gas extraction

  • Geoenvironmental Engineer
  • Geotechnical Engineer
  • Geological Advisor
  • Geological Analyst
  • Geological Associate
  • Geological Engineer
  • Geologist / Hydrogeologist
  • Geology / Reservoir Engineer
  • Geomechanics Engineer
  • Geophysical Specialist
  • Geophysicist
  • Geoscientist
  • Geosupport Engineer
  • Engineering Geologist
  • Ground Engineer
  • Contaminated Land Engineer

Other Engineering:

  • Chartered Quantity Surveyors
  • CAA Licensed Aircraft Engineer
  • Overhead Electricity Linesworker

 

Healthcare shortage occupation shortages

Doctors:

  • Salaried GPs

 Dentists:

  • Consultants in Dental Specialities

Consultant posts in the following specialist areas:

  • Accident & Emergency
  • Additional Dental Specialities
  • Anaesthetics
  • Cardiology
  • Cardiothoracic Surgery
  • Chemical Pathology
  • Child and Adolescent Psychiatry
  • Clinical Neurophysiology
  • Clinical Oncology
  • Clinical Radiology
  • Dermatology
  • Endocrinology & Diabetes Mellitus
  • Endodentics
  • Forensic Psychiatry
  • Gastroenterology
  • General Adult Psychiatry
  • General Internal Medicine
  • General Surgery
  • Genito-urinary Medicine
  • Geriatric Medicine
  • Haematology
  • Histopathology
  • Immunology
  • Infectious Diseases
  • Intensive Care Medicine
  • Medical Microbiology & Virology
  • Medical Oncology
  • Neurology
  • Neurosurgery
  • Nuclear Medicine
  • Obstetrics & Gynaecology
  • Occupational Health
  • Old Age Psychiatry
  • Opthalmology
  • Oral & Maxillo-facial Surgery
  • Orthodontics
  • Otolaryngology
  • Paediatric Cardiology
  • Paediatrics
  • Palliative Medicine
  • Plastic Surgery
  • Psychotherapy
  • Public Health Medicine
  • Rehabilitation Medicine
  • Renal Medicine
  • Respiratory Medicine
  • Rheumatology
  • Trauma & Orthopaedic Surgery
  • Urology

 General:

  • Audiologist
  • Audiological Scientist
  • Clinical Psychologist
  • Dietician
  • Occupational Therapist
  • Pharmacists
  • Pharmacy Technician Higher Level (Band 5 and above)
  • Pre-Registration Cytogeneticists
  • Speech & Language Therapist
  • Social Worker
  • State Registered Scientists in Cytogenetics
  • Biomedical Scientist / Medical Laboratory Scientific Officer (MLSO)
  • Qualified HPC Registered Diagnostic & Therapeutic Radiographers, including Ultrasonographers

 Nurses:

  • Midwives
  • Registered Nurse employed or engaged at Band 7 or Band 8 of Agenda for Change or their Independent sector equivalents

 Registered Nurse employed or engaged in the following specialities:

  • Audiology
  • Sleep / Respiratory Physiology
  • Neurophysiology
  • Cardiac Physiology
  • Operating Theatre Nurse
  • Clinical Radiology
  • Pathology
  • Critical Care (nurses working in wards with a Level 2 or Level 3 classification)

 

Other shortage occupations

  • Teachers – All posts in England and Scotland covering compulsory schooling
  • Actuarial Science
  • Veterinary Surgeon
  • Construction
  • ICT
  • Qualified Hospitality
  • Transport and Communication

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