Hire skilled workers for your UK operations

The UK has a world-class pool of talent and business-friendly employment laws. UK workers benefit from our investment in science, technology and digital training and include graduates of some of the best universities in the world.

Last updated 19 September 2019

Access to talent in the UK

The UK is one of the top European economies for attracting, cultivating and retaining global talent.

We have one of Europe’s largest workforces and are internationally renowned for our flexible labour market.

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Business-friendly employment laws

The UK’s straightforward and flexible employment laws promote the interests of employees. They also help businesses hire the right people with the right skills.

Learn more about UK contract types and employer responsibilities.

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Employment costs in the UK

The UK operates a National Minimum Wage to encourage people to work and prevent businesses from using low wages to compete unfairly.

National Insurance is a tax that must be paid for all employees. As an employer you’ll have to pay 13.8% National Insurance in addition to the 12% employees pay on any earnings over 112 GBP per week.

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Top universities and top technical training

The UK has four of the world’s top 10 universities: The University of Oxford, The University of Cambridge, Imperial College London and University College London.

We’re also passionate about investing in skills. We’re establishing a technical education system to rival the best in the world and creating a National Retraining Scheme that focuses on digital and construction training.

Apprenticeships - helping you develop talent

An apprenticeship is a job with training, so apprentices can earn while they learn. They get the training and qualifications they need to become fully competent in their chosen occupation.

Apprenticeships enable businesses to grow talent and are available in hundreds of occupations across all sectors of the economy, from Level 2 (GCSE- equivalent) right up to degree and masters level.

Apprenticeships are a devolved policy. The UK government supports employers with some of the training and assessment costs for apprentices that work at least 50% of their time in England. You can find out what funding support is available for apprenticeships.

If you’re an employer with operations in Scotland, Wales or Northern Ireland, you should contact your apprenticeship authority to find out what support is available.

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Brexit: what’s changed

Bringing overseas talent to the UK

After the UK leaves the EU, the free movement of people will end, but the UK’s responsive visa system welcomes new businesses, investors, entrepreneurs, skilled workers and academics.

Our online visas and immigration tool is an easy way for you to work out if you need a visa.

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Helping you find the right UK staff for your business

Many companies in the UK offer recruitment support and advice about employing staff. The UK government runs the Investment Support Directory, a list of British businesses with experience helping overseas firms set up or expand their operations in the UK.

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Support for recruiting and training apprentices

Employing people in the UK

EU Settlement Scheme guide for employers