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Factsheet:

Employing overseas workers in the UK

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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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