Right to Work in the UK

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The University is obliged to perform checks on all employees to ensure they can work lawfully in the UK. This obligation is set out in the Immigration, Asylum and Nationality Act 2006.

Documentation can either provide an ongoing excuse, for the entire duration of employment or for a limited period of time in which case the checks must be performed at least once every 12 months.

The obligation is to check, copy and retain certain original documents before an individual commences employment.

Further Guidance from the Home Office is available on what types of document and document combinations can be used.


Further Information for Non EEA Nationals

The Home Office has published an online tool that will show you how the University is required to go about confirming your right to work, before you start employment.


Tier 4 Student Work Permissions

If you have a Tier 4 visa, you must be aware that there are strict rules governing the total number of hours that you may work in any given week.  This covers all of the jobs that you have.  The limits are determined, among other factors, by your level of study and whether or not your work is undertaken during term-time.

Please ensure that you read the full Tier 4 Work Permissions and Routes to Employment document and refer to the online timetable for the academic session*.  The UK Visas and Immigration website carries a comprehensive Tier 4 guidance document (in which you may wish to search for the "Can I work in the UK?" section).

Departmental users of the Supplementary Payments System can find more information on evidencing Right to Work checks on SharePoint:


Hourly Paid Workers - Checks Made by the Work Requestor

Further information is contained in the document, Supplementary Payments and Guaranteed-hours Assignment.

Guidance on the requirements of Permitted Paid Engagements from outwith European Economic Area (EEA) is also available.