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How to apply work visa for UK in 2023?

Posted on December 28, 2022
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How to apply for the UK work visa

Why UK Work Visa?

  • Stay in UK and work with an eligible employer
  • Bring your dependents to stay in the UK
  • Current unemployment rate is 3.8 percent
  • Settle permanently in the country
  • 40 paid leaves per year

*Check your eligibility to migrate to UK through the Y-Axis UK Immigration Points Calculator.

Job opportunities in UK

The current unemployment rate in the UK is 3.8 percent. The UK is keen to invite immigrants under different UK work visas to meet the challenge of skilled workers shortage in different sectors in the country. The table below reveals the details of highest paid jobs in the UK:

Jobs Median Salary (in £) Per Year
Chief Executives and Senior Officials 90,000
Legal Professionals 76,522
Marketing and Sales Directors 75,631
Brokers 66,813
Advertising and Public Relations Directors 64,641
Medical Practitioners 64,504
Financial Managers and Directors 64,384
IT and Telecommunications Directors 63,810
Senior Professionals of Educational Establishments 59,841
Train and Tram Drivers 59,198

There are many fast growing jobs in the UK and their details can be found in the table below:

Jobs Average Salary (in £) Per Year Increase in Demand
IT Engineer 28,212 33.70%
Mobile Developer 34,971 28.20%
Recruiting Assistant 22,352 28.50%
Assistant Principal 51,541 29.50%
Product Designer 38,203 31.80%
Designer 32,638 26.30%
Conveyancing Assistant 19,746 25.80%
CNC Machinist 27,881 31.20%
Salon Assistant 16,029 33.60%

There will be many in-demand jobs in the next decade and the details can be found in the table below:

Jobs Median Pay (in £) Per Year Projected Growth
Wind turbine service technicians 56,230 68.20%
Nurse practitioners 1,11,680 52.20%
Solar photovoltaic installers 46,470 52.10%
Statisticians 92,270 35.40%
Physical therapist assistants 59,770 35.40%
Information security analysts 1,03,590 33.30%
Home health and personal care aides 27,080 32.60%
Health services managers 1,04,280 32.50%
Data scientists 98,230 31.40%
Physician assistants 1,15,390 31.00%

There are various job sectors that are facing skills shortage and some of them are mentioned in the table below:

ONS Occupation Code  Job Sectors  Annual Salary (Going Rate: 80%) 
1181 Healthcare & Education – all jobs £30,720 (£15.15 per hour)
2121 Civil Engineers £28,000 (£13.81 per hour)
2122 Mechanical engineers – all jobs £26,720 (£13.18 per hour)
2126 Design and development engineers £27,280 (£13.45 per hour)
2135 IT Business Analysts – all jobs £29,280 (£14.44 per hour)
2136 Programmers and software development professionals – all jobs £26,640 (£13.14 per hour)
2431 Architects £28,000 (£13.81 per hour)
2137 Web design and development professionals £20,800 (£10.26 per hour)

Benefits of working in UK

There are many job opportunities available in the UK as unemployment rate is 3.8 percent. There are many benefits of working in the UK and some of them are given here.

Free education and healthcare

The UK offers free education to the citizens and permanent residents in the country. Immigrants will be able to get top class healthcare facilities during the emergency. They will also have the benefit to pay a minimum amount for routine check-up as government provides subsidies for it.

Children can get free education in the reputed schools of the UK. Some of the best universities in the country are Oxford and Cambridge where students can get quality education. Students can get job opportunities easily after completing their graduation.

Pension benefits

One of the mandatory benefits of working in the UK is the benefit of pension. Employers have to auto-enroll the eligible employees in the appropriate pension. The minimum contribution is 8 percent of the qualifying income and employers have to pay at least 3 percent. Many employers contribute more than the minimum level.

Great career opportunities

Many London-based companies provide a great number of career opportunities to the immigrants. The UK is a hub of many international companies so candidates may get transferred from their company to a branch in the UK.

Holiday pay

Employees have to work 5 days a week and they are eligible to get at least 28 paid leaves per year. Employers have the option of providing more paid leaves than the statutory minimum.

Minimum wage and overtime pay

Teenagers having the age of 16-17 years can get £4.15 per hour. Employees older than 25 years are eligible to get a pay of £8.72 per hour. The UK government has not made it mandatory to make payments for overtime. There are many companies that include overtime pay in the employment contracts.

Types of UK work permits

UK provides different types of work visas and candidates need to appy for them to live work and settle in the country. These visas are:

  • Skilled Worker visa
  • Health and Care Worker visa
  • Senior or Specialist Worker visa (Global Business Mobility)
  • Scale-up Worker visa
  • Minister of Religion visa (T2)
  • International Sportsperson visa
  • High Potential Individual (HPI) visa

Let us know details of each of these visas

Skilled Worker visa

The UK Skilled Worker visa allows the immigrants to stay and work in UK. And work with an approved employer in an eligible job. Candidates need to have a certificate of sponsorship from their employers. The validity of the visa is 5 years after which it can be extended. After 5 years, immigrants can apply for UK permanent residence.

Health and Care Worker visa

Medical professionals can apply for Health and Care Worker visa and they can stay and work in the National Health Service for an eligible job, or adult social care. Candidates need to be a doctor, nurse, or a healthcare professional. A certificate of sponsorship has to be provided by the employer and minimum salary should be paid.

Senior or Specialist Worker visa (Global Business Mobility)

A Senior or Specialist Worker visa allows candidates to work in a branch of their employer in the UK. Intra-company transfer visa was replaced by the Senior or Specialist Worker visa. Applicants need to be an employee of the organization that is transferring them to the UK branch. The salary of employees should be at least £42,400. A certificate of sponsorship should be provided by the employer.

Scale-up Worker visa

Candidates who apply for the Scale-up Worker visa can work for a fast growing business also called scale-up business. UK employer has to meet the eligibility criteria for sponsoring the scale-up workers. Candidates need to have a job offer for the scale-up business. The duration of the job should be at least 6 months.

Minister of Religion visa (T2)

Candidates can apply for the UK Minister of Religion visa if they have got a job within a faith community. Like missionary, member of a religious order, etc. Employers also need to provide a certificate of sponsorship to the applicants.

International Sportsperson visa

Candidates can apply for the UK International Sportsperson visa if they meet the eligibility criteria given below:

  • A valid certificate of sponsorship
  • Speak and understand English if the duration of stay is more than 12 months
  • Personal savings to stay in the UK
  • Proof of travel and travel history
  • Confirming that applicant is a sportsperson or a coach
  • Established internationally

High Potential Individual (HPI) visa

The validity of High Potential Individual (HPI) visa is two years. If candidates are PhD or Doctoral holder, they can stay for 3 years in the UK. Candidates who want to apply for this visa have to get a qualification awarded by an eligible university in the last 5 years.

Eligibility criteria for Work Visa in UK

Candidates have to meet the eligibility criteria given below to apply for a UK work visa:

  • Candidates need to score a minimum of 70 points to become eligible to apply for a UK work visa
  • Educational qualification should include a Bachelor’s or its equivalent
  • Work experience should be of at least 2 years in the job listed in the eligible occupations list
  • Job offer should be given by an employer approved by a Home Office
  • English language proficiency should be at least B1
  • General salary threshold should be at least £25,600
  • Certificate of sponsorship

Requirements for UK Work Visa

Candidates have to provide the following requirements while submitting an application for a UK work visa:

  • A valid passport
  • Prof of financial means so that expenses in UK can be covered
  • Proof of accommodation
  • Travel plan
  • Test results for tuberculosis
  • Biometric information
  • Visa invitation letter in case applicant will stay with a friend or family
  • UK visa fee payment proof
  • Certified translations for the requirements that are not in English or Welsh
  • Annual salary
  • Occupation code of the job
  • Sponsor license number of the employer

Steps to apply for UK Work Visa

The steps to apply for a UK work visa are as follows:

Step 1: Check whether there is a need to apply for a UK work visa

Step 2: Choose the right type of UK work visa

Step 3: Complete the online form by filling all the information

Step 4: Collect all the requirements needed to apply for a UK work visa

Step 5: Schedule a UK visa appointment

Step 6: Go for the visa interview

How can Y-Axis assist you to work in UK?

Y-Axis provides the following services which you can avail of to get the profession of your choice:

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