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Skilled Worker visa: guidance for recruiting managers

An overview of the Skilled Worker visa and sponsorship requirements for recruiting managers.

Due to the recent Government announcement relating to upcoming changes to the Skilled Worker Visa, please note this webpage is under review


As a recruiting manager, you will need to have an understanding of the requirements for an individual to be sponsored to work at the University under the Skilled Worker visa route. There are a number of mandatory criteria and tradeable criteria which applicants must meet in order to be eligible for sponsorship and further information on these can be found below.

Further information in relation to mandatory criteria which must be met:

Further information in relation to tradeable criteria which an applicant can potentially use to meet the requirements for sponsorship (if applicable):

Advertising vacancies

The Home Office defines a genuine vacancy as one which:

  • requires the jobholder to perform the specific duties and responsibilities for the job and meets all of the requirements of the relevant route
  • does not include dissimilar and/or predominantly lower-skilled duties
  • is appropriate to the business in light of its business model, business plan and scale

It is therefore important that the job description accurately reflects the requirements of the role, and the applicant's qualifications, skills and experience meet the selection criteria as detailed within it.

Prior to advertising a role, it is important that you read our sponsorship guidance for recruiting managers which details what actions you need to take and consider when advertising a vacancy on our e-recruitment system, Stonefish, under the Skilled Worker visa route.

Applicants who are successful in their application for a role at the University will need to ensure they are familiar with the application process for a Skilled Worker visa. Recruiting managers should be aware of the application process so they can factor it in to the timings of their recruitment campaign.

Please direct any queries about an applicant's eligibility to work to the relevant HR Recruitment Co-ordinator for your vacancy.

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