Call for Evidence: Shortage Occupation List (SOL) for textiles, garment, footwear and fashion industry's workers overall
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The UK has left the EU, as a consequence, from January 2021, EU-citizens willing to work in the UK will have to comply with the new points-based immigration system.

Home Office policy statement on the new points-based immigration system: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/the-uks-points-based-immigration-system-policy-statement/the-uks-points-based-immigration-system-policy-statement

In March 2020, the Home Secretary has commissioned the Migration Advisory Committee (MAC) to compile a UK Shortage Occupation List (SOL), which will cover all occupations in the RQF3-5 bracket (medium skills). As a result, MAC has launched a "Shortage Occupation List: Call for Evidence" open until 24 June 2020, end of the day, to hear organizations’ views on:

● The roles that are being filled by migrant workers;
● The salaries they are paid;
● The implications of the potential changes.

MAC will report their recommendations to the Government in September 2020 and it will be for the Government to decide on the SOL following MAC recommendations.

Fashion Roundtable urges the textiles and fashion industry to submit answers to MAC consultation on SOL to highlight the labour needs and the importance of EU migrant workers for UK businesses. To complete the official MAC consultation it takes about 20-30 minutes.

The type of information we think is relevant in the SOL consolation:

● The rate of turnover in the employment of garment workers;
● The numbers of workers who are from the EU and EEA;
● The time needed to train them and the typical salaries (workers will not qualify for sponsorship without being on the SOL);
● Salary information, since the quota to obtain 20 points in the point-based immigration system is £25,600;
● What actions were taken to meet shortages by training domestic workers and to give an indication to the MAC of an expected timeline for shortages being able to be potentially met with domestic labour after a role has been added to the SOL.

MAC Consultation on SOL: https://www.gov.uk/government/consultations/shortage-occupation-list-call-for-evidence

Current SOL list for UK and Scotland: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/immigration-rules/immigration-rules-appendix-k-shortage-occupation-list

Occupations and associated jobs that meet RQF3 skills threshold (MAC Guide to SOL): https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/887656/SOL_CfE_guide1.pdf

Standard Occupational Classification SOC2010 (to download as pdf): https://www.ons.gov.uk/methodology/classificationsandstandards/standardoccupationalclassificationsoc/soc2010/soc2010volume2thestructureandcodingindex#the-job-title-coding-index

Please complete the survey below to help Fashion Roundtable advocate for fashion workers being on the SOL.

Contact: admin@fashionroundtable.co.uk
What does best describe your business? *
Are you a UK textile, garment, footwear and fashion manufacturer? *
How big is your organisation? *
Would you consider sourcing workers from the EU from 1st of January 2021, under the new points-based immigration system, at a starting salary rate of £25,600 per year? *
Would you consider sourcing workers from the EU from 1st of January 2021, under the new points-based immigration system, if workers are on the SOL, and therefore at a starting salary rate of £20,480 (minimum)? *
Which of the following occupations you think should be on the Shortage Occupation List? *
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What is the number of workers who are from the UK, EU and EEA in your organisation? *
0-5
5-20
20-100
100-500
More than 500
UK
EU
EEA (EU Member States and Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway; excluding Switzerland)
From 1 to 5 how would you rate the skills-level required for textiles, garment, footwear and fashion workers? (1 being lower-skilled and 5 being high-skilled) *
Is it rather difficult or easy to recruit talent in your organisation for the occupations mentioned above? (Difficult being more than 6 months for recruitment) *
Difficult
Easy
Not Applicable
3422 Product, clothing and related designers
5411 Carpet weaver
5412 Upholsterers
5413 Footwear and leather working trades
5414 Tailors and dressmakers
5419 Textiles, garments and related trades
5449 Other skilled trades: Diamond mounter, Engraver, Goldsmith, Silversmith, Wig maker
8113 Textile process operative
8137 Sewing Machinist: Overlocker, Seamstress, Sewing machinist, Stitcher, Upholstery machinist
7125 Merchandisers and Window Dressers (closest for Fashion Stylist found on SOC2010, ONS)
How many months are needed to train a worker at the required skills level in your organisation? Please mention the occupation (job). *
How do you manage recruitment challenges in your organisation? *
Do you feel your costs for training new staff have increased due to a lack of skilled workers? *
Yearly salary rate per ENTRY-level worker in your organisation? (without bonus) *
Yearly salary rate per EXPERIENCED-level worker in your organisation? (without bonus) *
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