Job Coding and Restricted Certificate of Sponsorship (RCoS) requests

Job coding – There is a framework of requirements that must be satisfied if a Licenced Sponsor was to successfully request a Restricted Certificate of Sponsorship. The sponsorship mechanism allows British businesses access to international talent but, the Tier 2 Limits Team is the Home Office apparatus to safeguard the value of the resident labour market.


Job Coding

Before investing administrative time and resources into the process of requesting a Restricted Certificate of Sponsorship, the first fundamental task is to accurately categorise the vacant appointment through Job Coding. A request to the Tier 2 Limits Team may be delayed or even invalidated if the panel do not agree with your assessment of the Job Type or if you have failed to consider revised guidance.

Frequent mistakes are often caused by;

  • Sponsors miscalculating overarching salary thresholds or working hours.
  • Failing to keep track of revised salary expectations.
  • Basing a job code or Standard Occupational Classification code on a preferential salary range, rather than the duties discharged by the appointment.

It is very important to take advice if you do not understand these requirements.


Restricted Certificate of Sponsorship (RCoS) requests

Since December 2017, arguably the inevitable effects of Brexit, requesting a Certificate of Sponsorship has become a more competitive activity. The number of Certificates made available to Sponsors each month is capped.

The Tier 2 Limits team must be satisfied that the request is valid or the request may be rejected. Sponsors are advised to first check if they the employer, or their vacancy are eligible for Skills Shortage status. This status significantly increases the chance of a successful RCoS request. The Tier 2 Limits team may also wish to verify the supporting documentation you submit with your application.

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