Addition of butchers to shortage occupation list welcomed by industry

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Industry organisations have welcomed the inclusion of butchers on the Migration Advisory Committee’s (MAC) recommended shortage occupation list (SOL).

The MAC provides advice to the Government on migration policy, ahead of the introduction of a points-based immigration system on January 1, 2021. The SOL shows which occupations, amongst those eligible for the skilled worker route, are facing a shortage of suitable labour and where it is sensible to fill those shortages with migrant workers.

The MAC’s latest recommendations for sectors to be added to the list include butchers, meat hygiene inspectors, vets, although, as expected, farm workers have been excluded from the list.

The British Meat Processors Association (BMPA) and the Association of Independent Meat Suppliers (AIMS) welcomed the recommended addition of butchers to the list.

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