§ Mr. Sproat
asked the Secretary of State for Employment if he will list the top 20 occupations that have shortages of manpower, including, if necessary, specific categories within general occupation categories.
§ Mr. Jim Lester
A list of this kind cannot be provided, since there are no clear-cut criteria for shortages. There are shortages in some skilled occupations, notably in a few key skilled engineering trades and in computer-related occupations and shortages are also reported in some less skilled occupations.