1. Overview

Work in an EU country

You have the right to work in any country in the European Economic Area (EEA) without a work permit if you’re a UK citizen.

The EEA includes:

You can search for jobs in the EEA on the EURES website.

Your rights

You’ll have the same rights as nationals of the country you’re working in when it comes to:

  • working conditions
  • pay
  • social security (eg benefits)

There has been no change to the rights and status of EU nationals in the UK, and UK nationals in the EU, as a result of the referendum.

Work in a non-EU country

You’ll need a work permit to work in most non-EU countries if you’re a UK citizen. In most cases, you’ll need a job offer from your chosen country so that you can get a visa to move there. Some countries, like Australia, Canada and New Zealand, use a points system to decide whether you’re eligible for a visa.

Check with the UK-based embassy of the country you want to work in to see what you need to do.