The 3 most successful employment strategies that South Africans have made use of are as follows:

1- Making use of personal networks
2- Making use of face to face interviews
3- Settle with lower level positions to start with

In terms of personal networks, the strongest way to secure job placement happens when a personal introduction is provided with the person’s particulars. For example: If someone you know personally says to you: “take a look at this CV, I believe they will do your company justice”. As an employer, you can help but not notice the applicant.

In terms of face to face interviews, as an employer, you would be more willing to offer a well experienced applicant a position in your company rather than someone who has yet to gain the required experience. You would also be more willing to offer employment to an applicant if you could meet them face to face for an interview, as opposed to just reading their CV’s.

Common practice (in the UK) is to conduct Skype interviews. The UK is a first world country that is used to operating with reliable internet connection.

In terms of settling, it makes sense that a UK company receives a high valued asset (hard working and skilled South African employee) at a “slightly cheaper rate” – initially. Further to this, it is also appealing for a UK employer to receive an over qualified applicant (who can grow and add extra value in the company).

These can be seen as strategic means of getting ones foot in the UK employers door. Food for thought.

I need to conclude that the above employment tips promote the fact that knowing which UK visa you qualify for is the first step that needs to be addressed.

There is not much point in having a UK job offer if you do not easily qualify to work in the UK. There is however point to having a UK job offer from a UK employer that knows either that you qualify to work in the UK independently or that they need to provide Tier 2 sponsorship.

Contact one of Move Up’s visa consultants to begin addressing your visa options when you are ready to take this further.


So, you have decided on wanting to work in the UK to earn some Pounds. London sounds appealing. Now the next step is to get a job there.

For those of you that have received a UK job offer already (and are not looking to find out how to get one (which this page theoretically facilitates), then please take a look at our “I got a UK job offer, now what?” page, we have put a separate page together to help explain the next steps.

Also, those wondering about their SA qualifications and experience and matching it up to the UK’s standards, please take a look at our RQF (Regulated Qualifications Framework) page.

How to secure employment in the UK?

When it comes to sending your details to UK employers, the first thing the employer will ask themselves is “what working rights does the applicant have?”. The second question thereafter is “When can the applicant start?”. If your CV does not reveal this information, there is a good chance that your application will not be taken as seriously (or will be taken with hesitation).

From an employer’s perspective, when a position opens you want to fill it as quickly as possible. Knowing that an applicant is already settled in the country with full working rights eliminates a lot of risk and time consuming factors.

With this in mind, it is highly recommended by all international recruiters that South Africans, who are serious about furthering their careers need to either be willing to fly to the UK for interviews or they should look to apply for independent working visas and begin their move as soon as possible.


From this page, we trust you have found this information helpful and relevant. Further to that, we would like to introduce our service as visa representatives. Unfortunately recruitment is not our area of expertise (nor do we know of a SA:UK recruiter that facilitates a broad field of placements.

When it comes to the visa representation, Move Up can help in preparing a successful first time submitted case. We are here to help navigate the UK governments visa hurdles. Making UK visa submissions easy.

For further assistance, please try our free visa assessment – our quick questions can determine your best visa option is and will hopefully address some more visa options.