End of exemption from advertising on Universal Jobmatch - Resident Labour Market Test

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07 / 4 / 2015 9.59am

The automatic transfer of vacancies from the NHS Jobs website to the Universal Jobmatch website was re-introduced on Tuesday, 7 April 2015. This change has important implications for international recruitment activities which need to comply with the resident labour market test (RLMT) conditions.  

What this means for employers
In order to provide visa sponsorship for an individual from outside of the European Economic Area (EEA) under tier 2 of the points-based immigration system, an employer first has to complete a RLMT (unless recruiting to a skilled role that is on the shortage occupation list or falls within the other exemption categories).  The RLMT is used to demonstrate that there is no suitable worker who is already living permanently in the UK who can fill the vacancy. Previously, roles needed to be advertised on Universal Jobmatch in order for employers to comply with the RLMT conditions.

Due to technical problems, an exemption has temporarily been in place that allowed employers to meet the conditions of the RLMT without advertising specifically on the Universal Jobmatch website.  The re-introduction of the automatic transfer function from NHS Jobs to Universal Jobmatch means this exemption no longer exists.  From 7 April, when a job vacancy is listed on NHS Jobs, it will transfer to Universal Jobmatch, though there may be a processing delay of up to two working days before the vacancy can actually be viewed on Universal Jobmatch.

As part of the RLMT evidence process, employers need to ensure they now take a screen shot of any job advert when displayed on the Universal Jobmatch website, and give full details of the RLMT carried out, including:

  • the dates the job was advertised

  • where the job was advertised

  • any relevant reference numbers.

Further note for employers
Universal Jobmatch is undergoing some changes with its system which will not be completed until 25 April 2015, so please be aware of the following.

  • Universal Jobmatch will reject all vacancies that have a closing date of more than 30 days. Please ensure that any vacancies that may require you to undergo a RLMT close at 30 days in order for your advert to successfully appear on the site.  If you are required to extend the closing date beyond 30 days, then you will need to change the closing date before the 30 days have passed.
  • Guidance on how to locate your vacancy on Universal Jobmatch (in order to take the required screenshot) can be found on the NHS Jobs website.

Please refer to the NHS Jobs website regularly to keep informed of further developments.


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