Right to work in the UK

Guidance for applicants

Evidence of right to work

UKCEH has a legal responsibility to ensure that all its employees have the legal right to live and work in the UK. Therefore, if you are made an offer of employment, this will be subject to UKCEH verifying that you are eligible to work in the UK before you start work.

If you are invited to interview, you will be asked to bring original documents from List A or List B with you and a copy will be taken. If you cannot provide evidence of right to work in the UK at interview stage, this must be provided before you can take up employment with us.

Why am I being asked to bring evidence of my right to work to my interview?

The Immigration Act 2014 requires employers to check documents to establish a person’s eligibility to work in the UK and complies with any restrictions. Under the Act, UKCEH is required to check your eligibility to work in the UK before you start work. We therefore ask that all candidates bring proof of their right to work to their interview where copies will be taken.

If you are successful at interview this document will be kept on your personnel file. If you are not successful the documents will be shredded. 

Do I have the right to work in the UK?

If you are a citizen from the United Kingdom, Switzerland or one of the European Economic Area (EEA) countries in the table below, you have the right to work in the UK.

European Economic Area countries 
AustriaBelgiumBulgaria
CroatiaCyprusCzech Republic
DenmarkEstoniaFinland
FranceGermanyGreece
HungaryIcelandIreland
ItalyLatviaLiechtenstein
LithuaniaLuxembourgMalta
NetherlandsNorwayPoland
PortugalRomaniaSlovakia
SloveniaSpainSweden

 

What if I don’t yet have the right to work in the UK?

If you don’t already have the legal right to work in the UK, you are still welcome to apply for a job with UKCEH. We strongly recommend that you use the Home Office’s website to review the legal requirements of working in the UK as this will give you an indication of whether you may be eligible to work in the UK under the Points Based System (PBS) for immigration.

Any job application you submit to us will be assessed using the criteria bases on the knowledge, skills and experience required for the post. Any offer of employment we make to you will be conditional upon you gaining permission to work in the UK. By law, you will not be able to start working for us until you are able to provide evidence that the permission has been granted.

If you are made an offer with UKCEH and you intend to seek permission to work in the UK via a Tier 2 (General) visa, you must first obtain a Certificate of Sponsorship from UKCEH. There are certain requirements that must be met, such as the job being skilled to at least degree level and that it meets the minimum salary requirement for the role.  

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