Does your business rely on foreign talent (be it from the EU or outside the EU)? If so, you may need to obtain a sponsor licence.
From 1 January 2021, all UK businesses will need to hold a skilled worker licence in order to offer sponsored roles to non-settled persons. The application itself may look straight forward; however, employers should be careful of post sponsor licence duties and compliance.
Have you considered the below?
- Have you completed a "right to work" check for all your employees and are you maintaining the right records?
- Do you have a system in place for recording employees' absences, their updated contact details and addresses?
- Do you have recruitment records including advertisement of vacancies, interviews records etc.? Can you show the Home Office that the vacancy is genuine?
- Have you met the minimum requirements of annual gross salary for your sponsored employees? These are different to the national minimum wage, and each job title has a different minimum salary. The minimum salary requirement can also change as a result of the individual's age, level of qualification and whether the job is on the shortage occupation list.