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Who can work in England?

Updated: Oct 29, 2019

If you want to work in England, it might take more or less time to find an appropriate job in the English labour market. It depends on your citizenship. The following paragraphs will provide you with the necessary information about employment opportunities in the UK and who can look for work in the UK.

It is worth mentioning that in England, everyone can apply for a job, but it is also worth knowing that there are different guidelines for everyone. Some need work visas, some have ordinary work permits, and others have to apply for the National Insurance Number. Remember that discrimination in the UK is illegal! I mean discrimination against people because of their colour, race, ethnicity or nationality, age, gender, sexual orientation, religion or disability.

Therefore, no employer in the UK can refuse your application for work because of any of the above reasons. Otherwise, you can consider it as a breach of the law, and you can then pursue your claims in court.

The UK is highly globalised, which means that the labour market is very competitive and demanding. However, the most significant demand for the English labour market has an industry such as:

  • Accounting

  • Banking and Finance

  • Education

  • Engineering

  • Healthcare

  • Human Resources

  • Marketing

  • Recruitment

There are currently several shortage occupations, which testifies only to the fact that there is a substantial probability of getting employment and this including:

  • Business services - advertising & marketing specialists, market researchers, accountants, insurance and tax specialists

  • Construction - surveyors, planners and project managers (full description of this job on our website here).

  • Education - secondary school teachers (modern language teachers, particularly maths and science teachers, etc.)

  • Engineering - electrical, mechanical and chemical engineers, civil engineers and product and process engineers

  • Healthcare - nurses, nursing associates, midwives, medical radiographers and paediatricians (more information about a nursing job here).

  • Hospitality - chefs

  • IT - software developers and systems engineers

  • Social care - the equivalent of geriatric nurses, carers and social workers (you can find more info here).

We offer unique solutions that combine support in areas such as career counselling, business consulting, life coaching, education and talent advisory. ​ Years of experience have resulted in our extensive knowledge in the field of international business consulting, life coaching and professional counselling. We are maximum involved in each project. Therefore our effectiveness reaches over 96%.

A vital element of this guide is also children. Please remember that the work of children under 16 is forbidden, except for children connected with television, theatre, modelling, etc.

KJB International is an international company serving professional, business and educational counselling mainly for the citizens of the Caribbean, Europe and Asia. Defining and creating professional opportunities for the English labour market is our speciality.

Now, we will try to present detailed information about employment in the UK, and possible restrictions for each of these regions mentioned above.

Caribbean Islands: Trinidad & Tobago, Jamaica, Barbados, Grenada, Guyana, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Suriname, Turks and Caicos Islands, Cayman Islands and Dominica.

Most Caribbean citizens can apply for a job in England, but they need a work visa for this purpose. Even the islands, which are still dependent on the British Kingdom, also must have a work permit in the form of a visa. Recently, even the Guyanese passport has gained more points and can finally start a free migration without any restrictions, but the work visa continues to apply.

People from the Caribbean do not need additional IELTS tests to document their language skills because English is the native language. Some of them speak two languages ​​- English and Dutch - just like the citizens of Suriname, and this only increases the opportunities for professional development and finding a job in the UK. Besides, nationals of these countries claim automatically 10 points for their visa for English language ability.

Europe: EEA citizens

European people now have the right to work and stay in the UK without specific requirements. Every European citizen who is looking to work in England should apply for the so-called NIN and set up a bank account. You do not even need to know the language. Then look for a job like any English citizen - the faster and easier way is through the job search platforms online. If Brexit enters into force, such terms of employment will be in effect until June 2021. After this period, each European citizen probably will have to obtain a work visa. IELTS test will also be required (see below) because I doubt that the minimum knowledge of the English language will be accepted as is allowed now...

Asia: mainly the Philippines

British farmers have relied on immigrant workers for many years. The Seasonal Agricultural Workers Scheme facilitated their employment introduced after World War II. Thanks to it many citizens from Philippine came to the UK. However, the English government abolished the program in 2013 - the decision-makers claimed that the country has a sufficient number of employees. Besides, in the light of Brexit, farmers are demanding the restoration of the program. After that, the Philippines can work in the UK on similar terms as Caribbean citizens. However, here significant influence will have the requirement of knowledge of the English language at a high level.

The Philippines need to pass the IELTS test that meets the highest international standards for examinations assessing foreign language skills (in this English case).

The exam examines four basic skills:

  • LISTENING - listening to

  • READING - understanding written texts

  • WRITING - writing

  • SPEAKING - speaking

The IELTS test is a cross-sectional exam and is scored on a point scale from 1.0 (the weakest) to 9.0 (the highest). IELTS results interpretation is as follows:

IELTS results

7.5 - 9.0 - The highest level

6.5 - 7.0 - Higher level

5.0 - 6.0 - Vantage level

3.5 - 4.5 - Preliminary level

3.0 - Non-qualification

I hope this article will help you understand more about employment opportunities in England and you will be much wiser with this information. However, if you need to know more or would like to start the migration process with our company, feel free to contact us via email or give us a call on +44 1733 752295.

Thanks for reading

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