Skilled Worker Visa

As part of Fast Forward, businesses are required to demonstrate comprehensive and compliant management systems to establish that all workers are legally eligible to work in the UK and for the work undertaken. This is a requirement for all immigration routes to work in the UK, including the Skilled Worker route.

For the Skilled Worker route, the key provisions are:

  • The Skilled Worker route allows employers to recruit people to work in the UK in a specific job in an eligible skilled occupation. Eligible occupations are listed in Appendix Skilled Occupations.
  • All jobs sponsored on this route must meet the Skilled Worker salary requirements.
  • In order to recruit Skilled Workers, employers must first apply for a Sponsor Licence.

See further guidance on gov.uk: ‘Sponsor a Skilled Worker’.

Requirements in Fast Forward:

  • Businesses must ensure that for workers whose eligibility to work is via a Skilled Worker sponsored role, that they are in practice employed to do the work related to the role they are being sponsored for and being paid the correct wage in accordance with the Skilled Worker salary requirements.
  • Businesses must meet all their compliance responsibilities as Skilled Worker Sponsors.
  • Businesses must also undertake necessary due diligence on any recruitment agencies that they might be using to recruit workers via the Skilled Worker route including that agencies are legitimate, checks to ensure that workers have had transparency on terms and conditions right from the start of the recruitment process and have not paid recruitment fees or related costs to agencies. 

Apparel and General Merchandise

Eligible roles within the Skilled Worker route would not typically be expected to be comparable to the majority of roles within a CMT factory. These are the listed roles in relation to garments and textiles for example:

  • Clothing manufacturer
  • Embroiderer
  • Hand sewer
  • Sail maker
  • Upholstery cutter
  • Textile consultant 
  • Textile designer