Common questions we get from people about UK work permits:
1. Can I get a work permit and then go to the UK to look for work?
Generally no but if you have really in demand skills there is a possibility that one of our 4 partner companies might be willing to sponsor you prior to you having secured a project.
2. Can you sponsor me first before I will apply for contract jobs?
3. I already have a UK permit, can you help me find work?
We are not a recruitment company so this is not our core business but we can direct you to UK recruitment agencies who are used to dealing with Tier 2 Work Permit holders.
4. I’m already in UK, can I change sponsor?
Yes you can. If you’re on a Tier 2 General then you can change sponsors without having to leave the country.
5. Do I need to be in the UK for the sponsorship process to start?
No you don’t. The process can take place with you outside of the country. Only once the Certificate of Sponsorship is issued and you have received Entry Clearance from the UK Consulate in your country of origin do you need to enter the UK to activate your Work Permit.
6. Can I work for more than one client?
Yes you can, you can work for as many clients as you like.
7. What do I tell recruiters?
That if you can secure a project paying at least £250 a day then there are a number of companies that can sponsor you on a Tier 2 General Work Permit.
8. Most employers want a face-to-face interview, what will I say to them?
Depending on nationality you can secure a visa to enter the country to attend interviews. If not the interview will have to be conducted over Skype or by phone.
9. When I apply to jobs it asks if I have a work permit, what should I say?
You can tell them that if you secure a contract role then you have several companies that can sponsor you on a work permit.
10. How much do I need to earn?
At least £250 a day
11. How much will I net?
Between 55-65% of your gross earnings depending on your earning rate and your level of claimable expenses.
12. What is the cost to process the sponsorship?
It depends if you’re in country or out of country. In country it will be between £850-£1000 and out of country it will be £450.
13. Can I switch visa?
- T1 to T2? YES
- T4 to T2? YES
- ICT to T2? YES but not if you’re in the UK on a Short Term ICT. In the latter case you need to sit out a 12 month ‘cooling off period’.
14. Do I have to work full time?
15. Can I setup my own business whilst on a UK work permit?
Yes as long as the role that you’ve been sponsored on remains your ‘primary source of income’.
16. What professions / job titles can get sponsored?
IT, Telco, Finance and Engineering.
17. What happens when my contract finishes?
You need to secure another assignment asap.
18. Do I need a degree?
Not necessarily but it depends on your earning rate, experience and skill set.
19. How much commercial experience do I need?
Generally 5 years or more.
20. What documentation do I need to supply?
Copy of your passport, degree certificates/professional diplomas and copies of your professional references (last 3 years at least)
21. Can my spouse also work in the UK?
22. Can my children come with me?
23. Will it lead to Indefinite Leave to Remain?
Normally yes. All our sponsorship partners support applications for settlement and British citizenship.
24. How much will I earn?
It varies according to your rate, how much you work and your personal circumstances (whether you have a family, etc). You will earn roughly twice the equivalent permanent salary after taxes, fees and all deductions.
25. How long will it take?
If you are in UK on a Work Permit already it can be as quick as 2 weeks. Otherwise from outside the uk it wiill take 2-6 weeks but this is dependant on the processing times with UK government and what time of the month your application is made.
Note for contractors seeking sponsored employment our partners are able to assist you.