Advertising the job
You may need to advertise the job you’re offering if it’s not on the shortage occupation list (a list of jobs, published and periodically reviewed by the government, for which there is considered to be a national shortage of eligible candidates). This is known as carrying out a ‘Resident Labour Market Test’ (RLMT).
You must advertise any job you offer to a worker in the following categories:
- Tier 2 (General)
- Tier 2 (Minister of Religion) or Tier 5 (Religious Workers) unless it’s a non-essential position or involves living within a religious order (such as a monk or nun).
- Tier 5 (Creative and Sporting) in the creative and entertainment sector, unless you can explain why the job can’t be done by a settled worker.
You must place two advertisements and follow the rules in the ‘How to carry out the resident labour market test’ section of the “Guidance for Sponsors”.
The advertisements are intended to establish that there are no suitable workers already living permanently in the UK. Each advertisement must run in the UK for 28 days in total in most cases and the vacancy must be genuine. You must be able to show that you didn’t find a suitable worker by making a record of applications and shortlists for interviews.
NB – Immigration Skills Charge – 6 April 2017
The Immigration Skills Charge, introduced in April 2017, is levied on employers that employ migrants in skilled areas. The charge is currently set at £1,000 per employee per year, with a reduced rate of £364 for small or charitable organisations, and is designed to cut down on the number of businesses taking on migrant workers and incentivise training for British staff to fill those jobs.