International recruitment

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Recruitment from outside of the UK has made a valuable contribution in the NHS over recent years and forms an important part of the workforce supply strategy of NHS organisations - alongside many other solutions including: 

  • UK trained
  • apprenticeships
  • skill mix reviews 
  • service reconfiguration
  • recruitment & retention premia
  • upskilling

Over recent years the Home Office has introduced a number of changes to the immigration system governing the way individuals from outside the European Economic Area (EEA) and Switzerland can work, train or study in the UK. They include tough measures to prevent illegal working and a limit on the number of migrants that organisations can employ under Tier 2 of the points-based system. Our immigration rules - the points-based system page explain the immigration points based system in more detail.

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Employing EEA nationals

There are procedures for employers to consider when recruiting nationals from countries in the European Economic Area (EEA).

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Immigration and international recruitment - Q&As

Get answers to your questions about immigration rules and international recruitment.

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Immigration points-based system

Regulates the number of individuals from outside the European Economic Area (EEA) and Switzerland wishing to work, train or study in the UK.

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Shortage occupation list

An official list of occupations for which there are not enough resident workers to fill vacancies.

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Preventing illegal working

A summary of the legal requirements for employers to prevent illegal working.

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Code of Practice for international recruitment

Ensuring ethical international recruitment practices operate within the NHS through adherence to the WHO Code of Practice. 

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