From 1 January 2021, free movement between the EU and UK will end and the new point-based system will come into effect. Under this system, points are assigned for specific skills, qualifications, salaries and shortage occupations. Visas are then awarded to those who gain enough points.
Further, employers all over the UK are expected to reflect this new system in their hiring process.
Skilled African workers
To migrate to the UK from 1 January 2021, any African coming to the UK to work will need to demonstrate that;
They have a job offer from a Home Office approved sponsor
The job offer is at the required skill level – RQF 3 or above (A level and equivalent)
They speak English
if they earn more than the required minimum salary threshold they are eligible to make an application
if they earn less than the required minimum salary threshold, but no less than £20,480, they may still be eligible if they can demonstrate that they have a job offer in a specific shortage occupation or a PhD relevant to the job
Identifying whether a job meets the required skill level
Job in a shortage occupation as designated by the Advisory Committee Yes 20
Education qualification: PhD in a subject relevant to the job Yes 10
Education qualification: PhD in a STEM subject relevant to the job Yes 20
A total of 70 points is needed to be able to apply to work in the UK
So if you’re looking to migrate to the UK to work, now is the best time to start preparing, getting all the necessary paperwork in order, like your professionals certificates and licenses, identifying what sectors your skills fall under, and what is required by employers in the UK, which employers high the most from outside the country and so on. This will get you prepared for Jan 1 2021 when the system comes into effect and you can be among the first to apply.