Offering a skilled job in Scotland
If you want to offer someone a skilled job, it must be Scottish Credit and Qualifications Framework (SCQF) level 9 or above for both Tier 2 (General) and Intra-Company Transfer.
There are separate rates of pay and skill levels for:
- ballet dancers and other dancers
- film and TV performers
- theatre and opera performers
- film and TV workers
Advertising the job
You may need to advertise the job you’re offering if it’s not on the shortage occupation list.
You must advertise any job you offer to a worker in the following categories:
- Tier 2 (General)
- Tier 2 (Minister of Religion) or Tier 5 (Religious Workers) unless it’s a non-essential position or involves living within a religious order (eg as a monk or nun)
- Tier 5 (Creative and Sporting) in the creative and entertainment sector, unless you can explain why the job can’t be done by a settled worker
The advert (known as the ‘resident labour market test’) makes sure that there are no suitable workers already living permanently in the UK. It must be a genuine vacancy.
How long to advertise the job for
The advert must run in the UK for 28 days in most cases, either continuously or in 2 stages.
If you advertise in 2 stages, your advert still needs to run for a total of 28 days and neither stage can be less than 7 days.
You must be able to show that you didn’t find a suitable worker.
You can read the guidance on the shortage occupation list and resident labour market test.