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Applying for Jobs Outside the UK

Career Resources
Posted on: 28/09/2018
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Most of the jobs we advertise are based in the UK, however there are many that are based offshore and abroad, especially positions working in the renewables industry. The process for applying for jobs outside the UK varies on the country you are moving to, but there are some basic guidelines to follow in all instances. 

Applying for Jobs in the EU

Whilst Brexit uncertainty hangs heavy over the recruitment and energy industries, the process for working in the EU and the European Economic Area (EEA) is simple for UK citizens until the withdrawal actually takes place. 

UK citizens have the right to work in any country in the EEA, which includes all countries in the EU as well as Norway, Iceland and Liechtenstein. UK citizens have the same rights as nationals of the country you’re working in, and you do not need a visa or sponsorship, you can apply for jobs as you would in the UK. 

Read the Home Office’s factsheet with information for UK citizens moving to the EU (and EU citizens moving to the UK) during the Brexit implementation period here. The implementation period is the time between the UK leaving the EU in March 2019 and the end of the transition, on 31 December 2020. 

Applying for Jobs Outside the EU

For most non-EU countries you’ll need a work permit or work visa, which you can apply for once you have a job offer. Most employers will sponsor your visa application and help you through the process, ensuring you have the correct visa and documentation. 

Sponsored visas mean that you are sponsored by that employer and have the right to live and work in the country, but only whilst you are working for that employer. Each country has it’s own rules, the Prospects website has a handy guide to the requirements for many countries’ visa applications and what you can expect of working conditions. 

Are you looking for a new job in the energy industry? Our specialist team work with local, national and international companies with exciting positions in all areas of the renewable, oil and gas and nuclear industries. Give our office a call on +44 (0) 1502 564892 or email us at cvs@peoplewithenergy.co.uk.

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