UK work visa: India and other nations endowed with a substantial youthful populace can seize the present dearth of expertise in the United Kingdom (UK) as an advantageous opportunity.
As per a novel report by Erudera, a worldwide platform dedicated to university and academic program exploration, a catalogue of premier vocations and academic qualifications has emerged, strategically positioned to meet market requisites and ameliorate the UK’s scarcity.
“This is primarily predicated upon factors such as the skills imperative to the occupation (correlating with the academic credential) and the degrees predominantly held by presently employed professionals in their respective domains,” it articulated.
The UK’s exit from the European Union, commonly referred to as Brexit, has, in part, precipitated the nation’s adaptability in terms of immigration pathways, conceived to cultivate and stimulate economic growth. This transition engendered a plethora of job vacancies across the spectrum of mid-tier and lower-tier positions within the nation.
Several pathways have been inaugurated, such as the Graduate route, High Potential Individual visa, Global talent visa, and Scale-up visa. Official statistics illuminate that the number of Nigerians granted UK work visas soared by an astounding 574.8 percent, ascending from 1,993 in 2019 to 13,449 in 2022.
Now, let us unveil the eminent vocations, accompanied by their respective hourly remuneration:
Occupations within the Healthcare Domain (£16.94 per hour)
Persistent inadequacies in the healthcare sector have consistently occupied the focal point of successive UK administrations, resulting in the nation becoming a net importer of healthcare professionals.
In 2020, the Conservative government pledged to augment the number of nurses by 50,000 over the ensuing half-decade, supplemented by an additional £5,000 in cost-of-living aid.
Furthermore, in that same year, the nation introduced the Health and Care Visa policy, purporting to expedite and streamline the immigration process for healthcare professionals seeking UK residency.
Official data sourced from the British government attests that Nigeria, the most populous country in Africa, ranks among the top three nations experiencing the most significant upsurge in skilled work visas under the health and care category. This increase amounted to a remarkable 251 percent, culminating in 17,596 visas granted in the year concluding March 2023, compared to a mere 5,009 in the preceding year.
According to the National Careers Service, job prospects within this sector are anticipated to burgeon by 6.2 percent by the year 2027, signifying the creation of approximately 4,300 novel positions.
Erudera accentuated that individuals employed within this realm typically hold a bachelor’s degree with honors (BA/BSc), a degree apprenticeship, a graduate diploma, or a level six National Vocational Qualification qualification.
The statement further elucidated, “Degrees in healthcare in the UK offer promising occupational avenues, particularly in the domains of nursing, general practice, and healthcare assistance. The requisition for professionals within these spheres remains consistently robust within the UK’s healthcare landscape.”
Biological Scientists and Biochemists (£12.55 per hour)
Biological scientists and biochemists are discerning individuals who methodically explore and scrutinize the morphology, structure, chemistry, and physical attributes of living organisms. Their purview extends to comprehending the intricate interrelations, habitats, and diseases afflicting these organisms.
The escalating array of job openings within this sector proffers a tantalizing opportunity for aspirant scientists to contribute to the field within the UK, as per the authors of the Erudera report.
“There is a projected employment growth rate of 4.2 percent within this specific sector by the year 2027, affording approximately 4,500 fresh employment avenues.”
The UK’s Careers Service prognosticates that during the commensurate timeframe, it is foreseen that 39.6 percent of the extant workforce will retire, thereby engendering a substantial total of 42,600 vacancies.
Empirical data indicates that the domain of science, particularly the spheres of biological sciences and biochemistry, has borne witness to a continuous surge in employment opportunities.
In accordance with Statista, around 95,800 individuals were engaged in these capacities in the year 2021, a noticeable escalation from the 91,800 recorded in 2010.
Engineering (£13.54-£16.12 per hour)
Civil, mechanical, electrical, and electronics engineering roles have experienced an exigent need within the UK.
A recent study conducted by Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) Learning has illuminated that a staggering 89 percent of STEM enterprises grapple with the recruitment conundrum, fostering a present deficit of 173,000 adept professionals. This void exacts a financial toll on UK businesses, estimated at £1.5 billion annually in recruitment expenses.
A substantial proportion of the UK’s workforce, approximately 18 percent, is presently gainfully employed in engineering capacities, as elucidated by Erudera’s analysts.
“Furthermore, engineering vocations account for no less than 15 percent of the working populace in every region across the nation.”
The UK government, by the year 2027, anticipates a 4.2 percent upswing in the mechanical engineering sector, thereby engendering approximately 3,800 potential employment opportunities.
“During the selfsame period, an estimated 39.6 percent of the current workforce is expected to retire, leading to an approximate tally of 36,000 unoccupied positions,” the report elaborated.
IT Business Analysts, Architects, and Systems Designers (£15.43 per hour)
Typically, courses requisite for these vocations encompass computer science, information technology, business administration, or cognate fields.
Regarding employment prospects, major employers in this sphere primarily comprise computer programming, legal and accounting, as well as corporate headquarters, according to Erudera.
“These sectors furnish noteworthy job prospects for individuals possessing degrees in computer science. Notably, London emerges as the epicenter offering the most promising opportunities for programmers and software developers within the UK.
“The capital city serves as a dynamic nexus for those seeking careers in this realm, teeming with a diverse array of enticing job prospects,” it accentuated.
Architects (£13.50 per hour)
The preeminent locales for opportunities within the architecture sector are London and the South East of England. These regions not only possess the highest density of opportunities but also offer the most auspicious prospects for architects seeking gainful employment.
The UK government forecasts a 4.3 percent augmentation in job prospects within the sector by the year 2027, thus engendering roughly 2,900 novel employment prospects.
“During this parallel time frame, it is estimated that 55.3 percent of the existing workforce will embark upon retirement, thereby giving rise to a substantial total of 37,700 vacancies,” the report explicated.
The Architects Registration Board (ARB) of the country underscored that the distribution of architects across the UK remains unbalanced, with approximately half of all architects being concentrated in London and the South East, notwithstanding that these regions comprise merely 27 percent of the UK’s populace.
“To attain official registration as an architect in the UK, individuals in possession of qualifications from outside the European Union or those with non-recognized UK qualifications must successfully surmount the ARB’s Examination for Equivalence to Prescribed Qualifications,” Erudera stipulated.
The remainder of the vocations encompass programmers and software development professionals (£13.95 per hour), web design and development professionals (£10.99 per hour), veterinarians (£13.83 per hour), cybersecurity specialists (£13.17 per hour), and laboratory technicians (£7.75 per hour).