MAC Review of the Shortage Occupation List: September 2020 (sections 6E.52 to 6.E54)
6E.52 - We recommend that SOC code 3412 (authors, writers and translators) is partially added to the SOL (Shortage Occupation List): we recommend that interpreters only are added. The occupation ranks highly (13th) in the RQF3-5 shortage rankings and the job vacancy to employee ratio has been above the median of all eligible occupations.
6E.53 - Given this and the nature of the stakeholder evidence, which persistently mentioned the shortage of foreign language skills, the change in circumstances occasioned by the ending of free movement, the lack of ability to meet these skills from the domestic labour market, and the fact that the APPG has indicated that inclusion on the SOL would help to remove one of the recruitment barriers, we recommend inclusion on the SOL for interpreters. However, we would need further evidence that translation and writing roles requiring foreign language skills need to be carried out in the UK and would also need further evidence that non-foreign-language writing roles are in shortage. Therefore, we do not recommend at present that these roles are included.
6E.54 - With the discount applied for SOL occupations, the salary threshold for this occupation would be £20,480. This salary threshold is at the 9th percentile of full-time earnings in this occupation, meaning that nine per cent of full-time employees in this occupation in the UK earn less than the salary threshold.