The number of Certificates of Sponsorship (CoS) available for March 2017 stands at 2,169, according to UK Visas and Immigration data. The department published its February report citing that its figures were correct as of 23 February, 2017. If you gain enough points this should mean that you will receive a Tier 2 visa CoS and then be able to apply for a Tier 2 visa.
These days the difficulties that employers have obtaining Tier 2 visas probably has more to do with the expense and bureaucracy in dealing with obtaining a Tier 2 Sponsorship Licence and UK visa than the availability of visas under the quota system
An employer with a Tier 2 Sponsorship Licence needs to apply for restricted Certificates of Sponsorship for immigrants they wish to employ from outside the UK. Under the current UK visa system, unused Tier 2 restricted CoS to employ people who are currently based outside the UK can be reclaimed after three months. This increases the availability of restricted CoS for employers with a Tier 2 Sponsorship licence.
The February Tier 2 Certificate of Sponsorship allocation meeting took place on 13 February, 2017. All valid applications lodged by 5 February were successful, provided they scored 21 points or more.
The next UK Visas and Immigration allocation meeting took place on 13 March, 2017 and will indicate the number of Tier 2 CoS that will be available for the month of April, 2017.