15K per Hour”: UK Government Showcases 38 High-Paying Jobs for Nigerians
The UK government recently published a list of job roles welcoming applications from qualified Nigerians. These positions, spanning various sectors, can pave the way for skilled worker visas for potential immigrants. However, there’s a catch – successful applicants must earn at least 80% of the standard pay rate for their job to qualify for the visa.
UK’s Official Shortage Occupations List
The UK’s freshly updated jobs list, sourced directly from the government’s official website, includes 38 distinct occupations. Their statement reads:
“Review the jobs on our shortage occupations list for each UK region. If your profession appears here, you can earn 80% of the usual salary for that job to be eligible for a Skilled Worker visa. Note that the yearly salaries provided are based on a 37.5-hour week. Adjustments will be made for different work schedules based on the hours stated by your hiring firm.”
Surprisingly, some positions offer wages as attractive as N15,000 per hour.
Key Occupations and Salaries
UK businesses have always been welcoming to skilled foreign workers. A previous report by Legit.ng highlighted companies certified to hire and sponsor international talents in the UK. These companies span sectors like technology, commerce, education, media, advertisement, and engineering. Here’s a snapshot of some of the listed jobs:
|Job Role||Annual Salary||Hourly Rate|
|Health services and public health managers and directors||£33,040||£16.94|
|Chemical scientists (nuclear industry jobs only)||£22,800||£11.69|
|Civil engineers (all jobs)||£27,760||£14.24|
|Mechanical engineers (all jobs)||£26,400||£13.54|
|Electrical engineers (all jobs)||£31,440||£16.12|
|Graphic designers (all jobs)||£18,400||£9.44|
|Carpenters and joiners (all jobs)||£18,000||£9.23|
Click here to see the full list of approved companies to sponsor visas.
Understanding the UK Skilled Worker Visa
The UK Skilled Worker Visa is designed for international professionals who possess the expertise required by licensed UK employers. To apply, candidates must have a confirmed job offer from a licensed UK business. Importantly, the visa remains valid only while the holder works in the same position with the endorsing company.
Switching roles or employers? You’d need to apply for a new skilled worker visa.
To bolster your Skilled Worker visa application, you may need:
- Valid Passport
- Certificate of Sponsorship reference number
- Job title and its yearly salary
- Job’s designated occupation code
- Details of the hiring firm, including their sponsor license number
- Evidence of adequate personal savings
- Documents proving your relations (marriage/birth certificates for spouse/children)
- Criminal record certificate (required for jobs with vulnerable groups)
- Proof of proficiency in the English language
With this comprehensive guide, Nigerian professionals can now make informed decisions when exploring job opportunities in the UK