Changes to hiring outside of the UK
Now that the UK has left the European Union and the transition period has ended, the way that we can hire people from outside of the UK has changed. This is a really important topic if you are hiring, so we thought we would break down the new changes for you here.
Registering as a licensed sponsorIf you want to hire outside of the UK, you now need to become a licensed sponsor in most cases (this does not apply for Irish citizens). To apply for a licence you will need to choose the type of skilled worker licence that you require and put appropriate systems and processes in place to act as a sponsor.
Requirements for employees
People from outside of the UK moving to work here will need to meet the following requirements:
- Received a job offer from an approved sponsor
- Job offer must be at the required skill and salary level
- Must speak English at the required level
Who you can hireOnce you become a licensed sponsor you will be able to hire eligible employees from anywhere in the world, but the jobs you are hiring for must meet a minimum skill level and salary threshold:
- Minimum skill level of RQF3 (equivalent to A level)
- Minimum salary threshold will be the higher of £25,600 or the ‘going rate’ for that job – some employees may be paid less than £25,600, for example if their job is in a shortage occupation
EU citizens already employed by youThe new system will not apply to EU employees already working for you in the UK. EU citizens and their family members living in the UK by 31 December 2020 can apply to the EU Settlement Scheme. Those eligible for the EU Settlement Scheme must apply by 30 June 2021.