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Which posts can you fill using a sponsor license?

Under the Skilled Worker route employers can sponsor foreign workers to fill specific job roles that meet the eligibility criteria. The job role must meet the following criteria:


  1. Skill Level: The job must be at RQF (Regulated Qualifications Framework) Level 3 or above, which generally equates to A-level or equivalent qualifications.

  2. Minimum Salary Threshold: The job must meet the minimum salary threshold, which is currently set at £26,200 per year (or the going rate for the specific job, whichever is higher). However, certain occupations on the Shortage Occupation List, or jobs with a relevant PhD qualification, have different minimum salary requirements. Different minimum salary thresholds also apply for certain specific categories e.g. new entrants and healthcare workers.

  3. English Language Requirement: Sponsored workers must meet the English language requirement, typically by demonstrating proficiency at a prescribed level of English language skills.


Types of jobs: The Skilled Worker route covers a wide range of occupations across various sectors. While the specific job roles eligible for sponsorship can vary based on the organisation's needs and the skills shortage in the UK labour market, common industries that often sponsor workers under the Skilled Worker route include:


Information Technology (IT) and Digital Services: This includes software engineers, web developers, data analysts, IT project managers, cybersecurity specialists, and other IT-related roles.

Engineering: This encompasses various engineering disciplines such as mechanical, electrical, civil, aerospace, and chemical engineering, along with roles like engineering technicians and design enginee.

Healthcare: Skilled healthcare professionals, including doctors, nurses, pharmacists, radiographers, and other medical specialists, can be sponsored under the Skilled Worker route.

Education and Research: University lecturers, researchers, and academic professionals in various fields can be sponsored by educational institutions and research organizations.


Finance and Banking: Financial analysts, accountants, investment managers, and other finance-related roles are eligible for sponsorship.


Creative Industries: Roles in the creative sector, such as artists, musicians, performers, writers, and graphic designers, can be sponsored under specific circumstances.


Hospitality and Tourism: Skilled chefs, hotel managers, event organizers, and other hospitality and tourism professionals may be eligible for sponsorship.


The list of eligible job roles is not exhaustive, and there are numerous other occupations that can be sponsored under the Skilled Worker route. The specific eligibility requirements and minimum salary thresholds may vary based on the occupation, industry, and relevant regulations in place at the time of application.

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