Hire skilled workers for your UK operations

Hire skilled workers for your UK operations

  • The UK's 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.

  • Services to help you find the right UK staff for your business

    Many companies in the UK can offer advice about employing staff and recruitment support. The UK government is working in partnership with the following companies:

  • 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 the number one-rated major European economy 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 in the UK

    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.

    UK apprenticeships schemes

    An apprenticeship is a job with training that allows apprentices to earn while they work towards a nationally recognised qualification. Apprenticeships last 1 to 5 years and are available in 1,500 occupations across 170 industries.

    Apprenticeships enable businesses to grow their own talent, and develop a motivated, skilled, and qualified workforce and reduce staff turnover. They support companies’ competitive edge, productivity and competition in the UK and internationally. In addition, employers do not pay National Insurance contributions for apprentices aged under 25 years. The National Apprenticeship Service can provide free and impartial advice on setting up an apprenticeship programme.

    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.

  • Bringing overseas talent to the UK

    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.