Hire skilled workers for your UK operations

The UK has a world-class pool of talent and business-friendly employment laws. You can also bring employees to the UK from other countries through a flexible visa system.

Flexible employment laws

The UK’s straightforward and flexible employment laws protect and promote the interests of employees. These laws help businesses to hire and manage the right people with the right skills as and when they need them.

Employers have statutory responsibilities to make sure their employees have a right to work in the UK. Specific employment laws cover minimum entitlements to working conditions, pay and leave.

Learn more about UK contract types and employer responsibilities

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.

There's also a National Living Wage, which applies to those aged 25 and over.

Learn more about the National Minimum Wage and the National Living Wage

National Insurance must be paid for (or in respect of) all employees. As an employer you'll have to pay 13.8% in addition to the 12% payable by employees for earnings over 112 GBP per week.

Access to UK talent

Businesses operating in the UK can take advantage of a broad talent base. The UK is second only to the USA for growing, retaining and attracting talent.

There is a wide range of recruitment companies that can search for and select experienced talent. Universities and apprenticeships can help you hire the right people with the right qualifications and training.

Graduate talent

The UK is home to 4 of the top 10 universities in the world and has the highest number of leading MBA institutions in Europe. This provides access to a large pool of work-ready graduates.

Apprenticeships

The UK plans to create 3 million apprenticeships by 2020, enabling businesses to grow their talent with motivated and skilled workers. Support for businesses seeking to recruit and train apprentices is available via the National Apprenticeship Service.

Overseas talent

The UK’s flexible visa system welcomes new businesses, investors, entrepreneurs, skilled workers and academics. This enables you to bring in world-class expertise to your UK business operations.

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If you are thinking about investing in the UK, contact our investment services team about insights, connections and incentives.

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