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National Minimum Wage Manual

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Specific occupations & special groups: Worker Registration Scheme

The Worker Registration Scheme was in place until April 2011.

It replaced work permits for nationals of the eight Central European countries that joined the EC on 1st May 2004. The eight Central European countries were: Czech Republic, Estonia, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Slovakia and Slovenia.

They had to apply to the Home Office for a Worker Registration Certificate as soon they start a job. If they had more than one job at any one time, each job had to be registered with the Worker Registration Scheme.

If they did not apply within a month of starting a job they were employed illegally (NMWM05200).

When all the details of the employment were provided and the registration fee paid a registration card and certificate was issued to the worker for each job confirming their right to work in the United Kingdom.

After 12 months of uninterrupted employment these workers no longer had to register under the scheme.