But mechanical and electrical engineering left out.

Engineering has been added to the list of occupations in which migrant workers are permitted to fill a UK skills gap. Engineering was one of limited additions made to the revised list after a panel of experts was asked by ministers to identify sectors with skills shortages.The list forms part of the new points-based migration system.

Citizens from EU states, excluding Bulgaria and Romania, can work in the UK without restrictions but unskilled workers from other parts of the world are banned.

The list is expected to come into force at the end of November, and will make it harder to employ skilled workers from outside the EU in trades not on the list.

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