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What is the skilled shortage list in UK and Ireland?

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The government of the United Kingdom, several times a year, release an up-to-date list of the industries and job roles that urgently need more skilled staff or vacancies that businesses are struggling to fill due to lack of professionals with the right and adequate skill sets.

As per the latest list (as of June 2019), the following are the occupations facing skill shortage in the UK:

  • Physical Scientists
  • Energy and Mining Production Managers
  • Software Development and IT Specialists and Analysts
  • Civil Engineers
  • Electrical Engineers
  • Mechanical Engineers
  • Economists, Actuaries, and Statisticians
  • Health Professionals i.e. Nurses and Midwives
  • Radiographers and Medical Practitioners
  • Aircraft Maintenance Technicians
  • Animators
  • Designers
  • Welders
  • Chefs
  • Environmental Specialists
  • Social Workers
  • Orchestral Musicians
  • Paramedics
  • Secondary School Teachers with specialization in subjects like math, science, mandarin, and computer science

Similarly, a report was published by the Department of Education – the National Skills Strategy in 2014 stating that there might be skills shortage in the country and it might be experienced up to 2025. According to this report, the following are the occupations that will face shortage:

  • Science-Related Fields such as Pharmaceuticals, Bio-Pharma, and Chemical and Analytical Scientists
  • Quality Control and Quality Assurance Professionals
  • Certified Quality Engineers
  • Chemical Engineers
  • Electrical Engineers
  • Mechanical Engineers
  • Quality Assurance and Control Technicians
  • Software Developers
  • Network Engineers
  • Database Administrators
  • Business Intelligence Solutions Specialists
  • Big Data Analysts
  • IT Technicians
  • Financial and Management Accountants
  • Actuaries
  • Risk Analysts
  • Payroll Specialists
  • Fund Accounting and Transfer-Pricing Specialists
  • Statisticians
  • Economists
  • Data Scientists
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