By Marcus Leach

A new ruling will prevent migrants from outside the European Economic Area (EEA) working as chefs in takeaway restaurants in the United Kingdom.

This news comes after the Migration Advisory Committee (MAC) was asked to review the country’s skills shortages, with the number of skilled migrants not from the EEA currently capped annually at 21,700.

As well as the ban on chefs the new rules will also apply to workers in areas such as hairdressing, beauty salon management and estate agents as of April.

"These changes will allow firms to bring in people with necessary skills without migrants becoming the first resort to fill a wide range of available jobs,” Immigration Minister Damian Green said.

"This government is also determined to get people back to work and provide business with the skills they need from the British workforce - reducing the need for migrants at the same time as we reduce their number."

Previously the Home Office had announced that only graduate level non-EEA workers would be allowed to apply to come to the UK. On top of that the Home Office has now reduced its list of jobs where there is a skill shortage to just eight categories following advice from the UK Border Agency’s MAC.