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UK visa sponsorship for employers

Overview

You’ll usually need a sponsor licence to employ someone to work for you from outside the UK. This includes citizens of the EU, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway and Switzerland who arrived in the UK after 31 December 2020.

This includes unpaid work, like running a charity.

You will not need a licence to sponsor certain groups, for example:

  • Irish citizens
  • those with settled or pre-settled status under the EU Settlement Scheme
  • those with indefinite leave to remain in the UK

Sponsoring someone does not guarantee that they’ll get a visa to work for you in the UK.

How to get a sponsor licence

  1. Check your business is eligible.
  2. Check if your job is suitable for sponsorship.
  3. Choose the type of licence you want to apply for – this will depend on what type of worker you want to sponsor.
  4. Decide who will manage sponsorship within your business.
  5. Apply online and pay the fee.

UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) may visit your business to check it’s suitable.

After you apply

You’ll be given a licence rating if your application is successful.

You’ll be able to issue certificates of sponsorship if you have jobs that are suitable for sponsorship.

Your licence will be valid for 4 years. You may lose your licence if you do not meet your responsibilities as a sponsor.

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Skilled Worker visa: shortage occupations

Uk has job opportunities for skilled workers and in some sectors such as in Social Health…minimal skill level. You can access expert MIGRATION VISA ADVICE

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Check which jobs are on the shortage occupations list in each area of the UK.

If your job is on the list, you can be paid 80% of the job’s usual going rate to qualify for a Skilled Worker visa.

The annual salaries for these jobs are based on a 39-hour working week. They must be pro-rated for other working patterns, based on the weekly working hours stated by your employer.

There’s a different list of shortage occupations if you work in healthcare or education.

If you do not know your job’s occupation code, you can search for your job in the ONS occupation coding tool.

Occupation code Job types included on the shortage occupations list Areas of the UK where there is a shortage Annual salary (80% of going rate)
1181 Health services and public health managers and directors – all jobs England, Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland 80% of going rate: £30,720 (£15.15 per hour)
1242 Residential, day and domiciliary care managers and proprietors – all jobs England, Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland 80% of going rate: £21,360 (£10.53 per hour)
2111 Chemical scientists – only jobs in the nuclear industry Scotland only 80% of going rate: £21,360(£10.53 per hour)
2112 Biological scientists and biochemists – all jobs England, Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland 80% of going rate: £23,760(£11.72 per hour)
2113 Physical scientists – only the following jobs in the construction-related ground engineering industry:
engineering geologist
hydrogeologist
geophysicist
England, Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland 80% of going rate: £29,200(£14.40 per hour)
2113 Physical scientists – only the following jobs in the oil and gas industry:
geophysicist
geoscientist
geologist
geochemist
technical services manager in the decommissioning and waste areas of the nuclear industry
senior resource geologist and staff geologist in the mining sector
England, Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland 80% of going rate: £29,200(£14.40 per hour)
2114 Social and humanities scientists – only archaeologists England, Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland 80% of going rate: £20,720(£10.22 per hour)
2121 Civil engineers – all jobs England, Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland 80% of going rate: £28,000(£13.81 per hour)
2122 Mechanical engineers – all jobs England, Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland 80% of going rate: £26,720(£13.18 per hour)
2123 Electrical engineers – all jobs England, Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland 80% of going rate: £29,600(£14.60 per hour)
2124 Electronics engineers – all jobs England, Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland 80% of going rate: £27,760(£13.69 per hour)
2126 Design and development engineers – all jobs England, Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland 80% of going rate: £27,280(£13.45 per hour)
2127 Production and process engineers – all jobs England, Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland 80% of going rate: £26,480(£13.06 per hour)
2129 Engineering professionals not elsewhere classified – all jobs England, Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland 80% of going rate: £26,160(£12.90 per hour)
2135 IT business analysts, architects and systems designers – all jobs England, Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland 80% of going rate: £29,280(£14.44 per hour)
2136 Programmers and software development professionals – all jobs England, Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland 80% of going rate: £26,640(£13.14 per hour)
2137 Web design and development professionals – all jobs England, Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland 80% of going rate: £20,800(£10.26 per hour)
2139 Information technology and communications professionals not elsewhere classified – only cyber security specialists England, Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland 80% of going rate: £25,440(£12.54 per hour)
2216 Veterinarians – all jobs England, Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland 80% of going rate: £26,000(£12.82 per hour)
2425 Actuaries, economists and statisticians – only bio-informaticians and informaticians England, Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland 80% of going rate: £26,240(£12.94 per hour)
2431 Architects – all jobs England, Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland 80% of going rate: £28,000(£13.81 per hour)
2461 Quality control and planning engineers – all jobs England, Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland 80% of going rate: £24,400(£12.03 per hour)
3111 Laboratory technicians – all jobs England, Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland 80% of going rate: £14,560 (£7.18 per hour)
3411 Artists – all jobs England, Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland 80% of going rate: £16,800(£8.28 per hour)
3414 Dancers and choreographers – only skilled classical ballet dancers or skilled contemporary dancers who meet the standard required by internationally recognised UK ballet or contemporary dance companies.
The company must be endorsed as being internationally recognised by a UK industry body such as the Arts Councils (of England, Scotland or Wales).
England, Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland 80% of going rate: £23,840(£11.76 per hour)
3415 Musicians – only skilled orchestral musicians who are leaders, principals, sub-principals or numbered string positions, and who meet the standard required by internationally recognised UK orchestras.
The orchestra must a full member of the Association of British Orchestras.
England, Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland 80% of going rate: £22,000 (£10.85 per hour)
3416 Arts officers, producers and directors – all jobs England, Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland 80% of going rate: £24,000(£11.83 per hour)
3421 Graphic designers – all jobs England, Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland 80% of going rate: £18,800(£9.27 per hour)
5215 Welding trades – only high integrity pipe welders, where the job requires 3 or more years’ related on-the-job experience. This experience must not have been gained through illegal working. England, Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland 80% of going rate: £18,240(£8.99 per hour)
6146 Senior care workers – all jobs England, Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland 80% of going rate: £13,520 (£6.67 per hour)
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Top 5 Jobs in Demand in the UK in 2021 – The Shortage Occupation List UK

When it comes to the world of work, it always pays to be in demand.  If you are lucky enough to be in a profession for which there is a robust need, you will have the pick of a range of vacancies and be able to negotiate terms and pay which are advantageous to you.  For migrant workers planning to come to the UK or already in the UK, being in a shortage occupation means that it is easier and faster to find suitable employment and switch between employers if desired.

Amar Ali, Director at Reiss Edwards guides us through the UK immigration Shortage Occupation List and the five most in-demand roles in the UK in 2021.

What is the UK Shortage Occupation List?

The UK’s Home Office publishes and regularly updates its official list of the professions for which there are not enough candidates within the UK; this is referred to as the Shortage Occupation List (SOL).  The idea being that preference is given to migrant workers who can fulfil a role for which there is a shortage by lowering the criteria they need to meet.

The SOL contains 30 different job types for which eligible migrant workers only need to be paid 80% or more of the job’s normal going rate (as long as this is not less than £20,480).  The roles on the SOL include:

  • Health services and public health managers and directors
  • Biological scientists and biochemists
  • Civil engineers
  • Electrical engineers
  • IT business analysts, architects and systems designers
  • Veterinarians
  • Artists
  • Graphic designers
  • Senior care workers

If your occupation is not listed on the SOL, do not be disheartened.  The wider list of eligible occupations for the Skilled Worker visa contains a much broader range of professions, which, while they may not be on the shortage list, may still be in great demand.

However, It is always recommended where possible to seek the advice of immigration solicitors for your visa application as a migrant skilled worker looking to come to the UK to work.

What are the most in-demand occupations in the UK?

For the purposes of this list, we will look at occupations that are experiencing high demand and are listed on the SOL. To do this, we will reference recent information published by the online recruitment website, Glassdoor.

  1. Project Manager – There are currently in the region of 27,000 project management vacancies in the UK, according to Glassdoor, and these are only the ones it knows about.  Part of the reason that project managers are in such high demand is they are required across all industry sectors.  Project managers are not on the SOL, but they are mentioned several times on the Skilled Worker visa eligible occupation list in different sectors, including:
    1. Construction project managers
    1. IT project managers
    1. Business and financial project management professionals
    1. Projects Manager (advertising)

In addition, there are other related jobs that are also in high demand, including project coordinators and project administrators.  The average base salary is around £45,000, so project managers will not struggle to meet the Skilled Worker salary requirement of £25,600.  If you have PRINCE II or APM PMQ qualifications, be assured you will be in high demand in the UK.

  • Software engineers – those with strong software development skills continue to be in hot demand in the UK.  Glassdoor currently has around 15,000 vacancies for software engineers, and this occupation is also listed on the SOL.  That said, given that the average pay for software engineers is now £55,000, you won’t have much of a problem meeting the minimum salary requirement for the Skilled Worker visa.  The vacancies on offer are also spread across the country, meaning that you will have the pick of places to live in the UK.
  • Operations Managers – operations managers, play a key role in keeping businesses ticking over, whether they provide services, manufacture products, or deal with shipping and transport.  Glassdoor currently has around 14,000 vacancies for operations managers of different types, including technical ops managers, head of operations, operations planners and even global operations managers.  The base salary for operations managers is around £42,500 but can easily rise to double this for senior operations directors.  Operations managers are not on the SOL, but they are one of the eligible Skilled Worker visa occupations, hence a great option for prospective migrant workers coming to the UK.
  • Business analyst – IT Business Analyst are included on the shortage occupation list, requiring only 80% of the going rate of £29,280 (£14.44 per hour).  There are currently around 10,000 vacancies for Business Analyst roles across the UK and over 6,000 specifically for IT Business Analysts.
  • Nurses – it will come as little surprise to most that there is a huge demand for nurses in the UK.  Nurses are listed on the healthcare-specific shortage occupation list, and as of November 2020, there were around 36,000 vacancies across the UK.  So acute is the shortage, according to NHS Digital, in the second quarter of 2020/21, nearly 10% of all full-time nursing roles in the UK were vacant.  If you have nursing qualifications, you will be in considerable demand in the UK.  In addition, as you will be able to apply for the UK’s Health and Care visa, your application will be fast-tracked, and you will not need to pay the immigration healthcare surcharge meaning you can access the NHS at no cost (this is normally £624 per person per year).

Final words

This is only a small selection of the many in-demand jobs in the UK.  The number of eligible jobs under the Skilled Worker visa scheme is now much broader than under the Tier 2 (General) visa route, which came to an end in December 2020 due to the lowering of the skills threshold from RQF 6 to RQF 3.  As such, the opportunities for migrant workers in the UK is now greater than ever.