The Science Council responded to the Migration Advisory Committee's consultation on the Shortage Occupation List
The UK’s economic success has been predicated on the skills of its resident workforce and on its ability to attract highly skilled and talented individuals from across the world, and this has been particularly true for science based industries.
The use of high level STEM (science, technology, engineering, mathematics) knowledge and skills are essential across all UK economic sectors as identified by the Science Council's recent workforce survey. To maintain its competitive advantage in its research and development activities, the UK needs an immigration policy that values and encourages the contribution made by highly-skilled workers from overseas to the generation of economic growth in the UK.
The Science Council's submission can be read here (96KB).