Employing overseas workers in the UK
This factsheet was last updated in July 2016.
Reasons for employing workers from overseas
Organisations may choose to employ overseas workers for various reasons:
- To perform jobs requiring specialist skills (for example, technical or language skills) that are not available in the UK.
- To fill vacancies for jobs which the government agrees are in designated ‘shortage occupations’.
- To facilitate secondments or transfers from an overseas division, for example for developmental assignments that will also introduce new ideas into the UK organisation.
- To fill temporary vacancies requiring a pre-existing skill set.
- To fill unskilled or low-skilled vacancies due to labour shortages.
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