Looking to work in the UK?

We understand that South Africans are looking for placement and visa assistance. Ideally, it would be nice if we could send our CV to one company and they solve the travel and employment needs.

The reality though is that the UK receives hundreds of CV’s every day from foreigners (around the globe). At first, UK employers might have paid attention but now they want something more tailored to their needs.

This page serves to help navigate South Africans looking for UK employment opportunities. We have put together further content such as “How to Get a UK Job Offer” and “Once You Get a UK Job Offer” to also assist in these cases.


Summary of the UK Work Permit.

Before the 2008 recession, South Africans only needed a signed UK employment contract to qualify for the UK’s work permit.

Since then, the UK government has stepped into the process. As a means to monitor and control the amount of work permits being issued.

They put together a point based system that requires employers to register with them (in order to offer visa sponsorship). Once registered, employers have to request (and pay) for a unique certificate for each role that they are sponsoring.

As you can see though, naturally South Africans want to prioritize the job hunting as first priority. 

Hopefully this content helps create awareness that asking UK employers to offer Tier 2 sponsorship is administratively challenging on their side. Your skill set has to be justified to initiate these actions.


Solutions Available.

Move Up’s role in the relocation process is specialized. We deal with the British government and help South African passport holders get permission to pass through the UK’s border.

To further help, we need to know if the applicant either holds one of the following passport(s) or UK visa? If so, they can consider applying for any of the opportunities available in the UK:

Further research into the UK work permit.

Below is a link taken from British governments site, that references the level of skill set required to qualify for the Tier 2 (General) Work Permit visa.

The British governments skill-set standards are defined here: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/immigration-rules/immigration-rules-appendix-j-codes-of-practice-for-skilled-work

We have taken the liberty to further explain these requirements (and comparison to SA qualifications) on the following page: RQF (Regulated Qualifications Framework) page.

If however you are finding this research overwhelming, you can let us do the immigration worrying and help you navigate the next qualifying hurdles:

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