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All following job categories/roles are eligible for a Skilled Worker visa.

The terminology for each job role used below is taken from the Standard Occupational Classification (SOC) codes, developed by the Office for National Statistics. The SOC Codes are used to determine eligibility for a Skilled Worker Visa.

For University purposes, please choose a job category below to see specific examples of equivalent job roles/job titles at the University, and receive guidance on whether those roles would meet minimum salary requirements for a Skilled Worker Visa. 

  • Where a role below is denoted as meeting minimum salary requirements, the individual applying for the Skilled Worker Visa will be able to score the required 20 points for salary.
  • Alternatively, where a minimum salary figure is specifically stated you must check if the salary offered to the individual would meet this minimum amount in order for the individual to score 20 points for salary.
  • In some cases, certain roles can benefit from a lower salary due to the individual holding a STEM or non-STEM PhD relevant to the job. Where this is applicable, it is for you as the recruiting department to determine if the PhD is relevant to the job, by way of the recruitment process.
  • Where any given role will be undertaken part-time, please contact the HR Compliance Team to verify if the pro-rata salary will meet minimum requirements for a Skilled worker Visa.

 

Actuaries, economists and statisticians (SOC 2425)

Relevant job roles

SOC Code

Can the role meet minimum salary requirements? 

 

Actuaries, economists and statisticians

 

 

2425

 

For all roles at Grade 7 and above, on a 37 hour per week contract, all salary spine points will automatically meet minimum salary requirements without the need to 'trade' salary points.

 

 

Business and related associate professionals not elsewhere classified (SOC 3539)

Relevant job roles

SOC Code

Can the role meet minimum salary requirements? 

 

Business and related associate professionals

 

Example job roles (not exhaustive):

 

  • Events co-ordinator

 

  • Events & Projects co-ordinator

 

  • Project Administrators/Co-ordinators

 

  • Business Systems Analysts

 

  • Business Analyst Programme Co-ordinator

 

 

 

3539

 

 

For all roles at Grade 5 and above, on a contract of either 36.5 or 37 hours per week, all salary spine points will automatically meet minimum salary requirements without the need to 'trade' salary points.

 

For roles at Grade 4, the minimum salary would have to be: £25,600 for either a 36.5 or 37-hour contract, unless

  • the “new entrant” salary rules apply  in which case all spine points of Grade 4 would meet minimum salary requirements.

 

Roles at Grade 3 and under are not eligible for  sponsorship

Business and related research professionals (SOC 2426)
Careers advisers and vocational guidance specialists (SOC 3564)

Relevant job roles

SOC Code

Can the role meet minimum salary requirements? 

 

Careers advisers and vocational guidance specialists

 

 

 

 

3564

 

All roles at Grade 5 and above, on a contract of either 36.5 or 37 hours per week, will automatically meet minimum salary requirements without the need to 'trade' salary points.

 

Conference and exhibition managers and organisers (SOC 3546)

Relevant job roles

SOC Code

Can the role meet minimum salary requirements? 

 

Conference and exhibition managers and organisers

 

Example job roles (not exhaustive):

 

  • Exhibition or Event Organiser/Managers

 

  • Festival Managers

 

 

 

3546

 

For all roles at Grade 5 and above, on a contract of either 36.5 or 37 hours per week, all salary spine points will automatically meet minimum salary requirements without the need to 'trade' salary points.

 

For roles at Grade 4, the minimum salary would have to be: £25,600 for either a 36.5 or 37-hour contract, unless

  • the “new entrant” salary rules apply  in which case all spine points of Grade 4 would meet minimum salary requirements.

 

Roles at Grade 3 and under are not eligible for  sponsorship

 

 

 

Health & Safety Officers (SOC 3567)

Relevant job roles

SOC Code

Can the role meet minimum salary requirements? 

 

Health & Safety Officers

 

Example job roles (not exhaustive):

  • Health and Safety Adviser

 

  • Health and Safety Manager

 

 

 

3567

For all roles at Grade 6 and above, on a contract of either 36.5 or 37 hours per week, all salary spine points will automatically meet minimum salary requirements without the need to 'trade' salary points.

 

For roles at Grade 4 and 5, the minimum salary would have to be:

 

  • For a 36.5 hour per week contract: £27,609

 

  • For a 37 hour per week contract: £27,988

 

Unless, the “new entrant” salary rules apply, in which case all spine points of Grade 4 and Grade 5 would meet minimum salary requirements.

 

Human resources officers (SOC 3562)

Relevant job roles

SOC Code

Can the role meet minimum salary requirements? 

 

Human resources officers

 

Example job roles (not exhaustive):

 

  • HR Advisor

 

  • Recruitment Adviser

 

Note: HR Administrator roles would not be eligible for a Skilled Worker Visa

 

3562

 

 

For all roles at Grade 5 and above, on a contract of either 36.5 or 37 hours per week, all salary spine points will automatically meet minimum salary requirements without the need to 'trade' salary points.

 

Roles at Grade 4 and under are not eligible for  sponsorship

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

IT business analysts, architects and systems designers (SOC 2135)

Relevant job roles

SOC Code

Can the role meet minimum salary requirements? 

 

IT business analysts, architects and systems designers

 

Example job roles (not exhaustive):

 

  • Business Analyst

 

  • Computational Biologist

 

  • Data Analyst

 

  • Systems Developer

 

 

 

 

2135

 

Shortage occupation role

All roles defined under this code are classified as “shortage occupation”

For all roles at Grades 6 and above, on either a 36.5 or 37 hour per week contract, all salary spine points will automatically meet minimum salary requirements on account of being classed as a shortage occupation. 'New entrant' salary rules are not applicable. 

For roles at Grade 5, the minimum payable salary would be: £27,403.

Roles at Grade 4 and below would not be eligible for sponsorship

 

 

IT and telecommunications professionals not elsewhere classified (SOC 2139)

Relevant job roles

SOC Code

Can the role meet minimum salary requirements? 

 

 

All other IT professional roles, where not classified above

 

Example job roles (not exhaustive):

 

  • Software or Systems tester

 

  • Cyber security specialists – these roles are classed as Shortage Occupation under this SOC Code. Minimum salary for a Cyber Security Specialist is: £24,136 based on a 37-hour p/w contract

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2139

For all roles at Grade 7 and above, on a contract of either 36.5 or 37 hours per week, all salary spine points will automatically meet minimum salary requirements without the need to 'trade' salary points.

 

For roles at Grade 6, on a contract of either 36.5 or 37 hours per week, salary spine point 38 and above will meet minimum salary requirements.

 

 

 

 

Librarians (SOC 2451)

Relevant job roles

SOC Code

Can the role meet minimum salary requirements? 

 

Librarians

 

2451

 

For all roles at Grade 5 and above, on a contract of either 36.5 or 37 hours per week, all salary spine points will automatically meet minimum salary requirements without the need to 'trade' salary points.

 

 

 

 

PAs and Secretaries (SOC 4215)

Relevant job roles

SOC Code

Can the role meet minimum salary requirements? 

 

PAs and Secretaries

 

Example job roles (not exhaustive):

 

  • Executive assistants

 

  • PA-secretaries

 

  • Personal assistants

 

  • Personal secretaries

 

  • Secretaries

 

 

 

4215

 

For all roles at Grade 5 and above, on a contract of either 36.5 or 37 hours per week, all salary spine points will automatically meet minimum salary requirements without the need to 'trade' salary points.

 

For roles at Grade 4, the minimum salary would have to be £25,600 based on a 36.5 hour per week contract, unless the “new entrant” salary rules apply, in which case all spine points of Grade 4 would meet minimum salary requirements.

Roles at Grade 3 and under are not eligible for  sponsorship

Programmers and software development professionals (SOC 2136)

Relevant job roles

SOC Code

Can the role meet minimum salary requirements? 

 

Programmers and software development professionals

 

Example job roles (not exhaustive):

 

  • Database Specialist

 

  • Programme Developer

 

  • Software Specialist

 

  • Software Engineer

 

  • Software Developer

 

  • Principal/Senior Software Developer

 

 

 

 

2136

 

Shortage occupation role

All roles defined under this code are classified as “shortage occupation”

For all roles at Grades 5 and above, on either a 36.5 or 37 hour per week contract, all salary spine points will automatically meet minimum salary requirements on account of being classed as a shortage occupation. 'New entrant' salary rules are not applicable. 

 

 

 

Public relations professionals (SOC 2472)

Relevant job roles

SOC Code

Can the role meet minimum salary requirements? 

 

Public relations professionals

 

Example job roles (not exhaustive):

 

  • Communications Lead/Manager/Co-ordinator

 

  • Public Affairs Manager/Co-ordinator

 

  • Marketing and PR Manager

 

  • Public Engagement Manager

 

  • Media Manager

 

 

 

 

2472

 

 

For all roles at Grade 5 and above, on a contract of either 36.5 or 37 hours per week, all salary spine points will automatically meet minimum salary requirements without the need to 'trade' salary points.

 

Senior professionals of educational establishments (SOC 2317)

Relevant job roles

SOC Code

Can the role meet minimum salary requirements? 

 

Senior professionals of educational establishments

 

Example job roles (not exhaustive):

 

  • Departmental Administrator (all applicable grades)

 

 

 

2317

 

 

For all roles at Grade 8 and above, on a contract of either 36.5 or 37 hours per week, will automatically meet minimum salary requirements without the need to 'trade' salary points.

 

For roles at Grade 6 or 7, the minimum salary would have to be:

  • For a 36.5 hour per week contract: £36,500
  • For a 37 hour per week contract: £37,000

Unless:

 

  • The “new entrant” salary rules apply, in which case all spine points of Grade 6 and 7 would meet minimum salary requirements; or

 

  • The individual holds a STEM PhD relevant to the job, in which case all spine points of Grade 6 and 7 would meet minimum salary requirements; or

 

  • The individual holds a non-STEM PhD relevant to the job; the minimum payable salary would be: £32,850.

 

 

 

Veterinarians (SOC 2216)

Relevant job roles

SOC Code

Can the role meet minimum salary requirements? 

 

Veterinarians

 

 

 

 

 

2216

 

Shortage occupation role

All roles defined under this code are classified as “shortage occupation”

For all roles at Grades 5 and above, on a 37 hour per week contract, all salary spine points will automatically meet minimum salary requirements on account of being classed as a shortage occupation. 'New entrant' salary rules are therefore not applicable. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Web design and development professionals (SOC 2137)

Relevant job roles

SOC Code

Can the role meet minimum salary requirements? 

 

 

Web design and development professionals

 

Example job roles (not exhaustive):

 

  • Web Application Developer

 

 

 

2137

Shortage occupation role

All roles defined under this code are classified as “shortage occupation”

For all roles at Grades 5 and above, on either a 36.5 or 37 hour per week contract, all salary spine points will automatically meet minimum salary requirements on account of being classed as a shortage occupation. 'New entrant' salary rules are not applicable. 

 

 

 

Welfare professionals (SOC 2449)

Relevant job roles

SOC Code

Can the role meet minimum salary requirements? 

 

Counsellors

 

Example job roles (not exhaustive):

 

  • Staff counsellor

 

  • Senior Staff counsellor

 

 

 

2449

 

For all roles at Grade 5 and above, on a contract of either 36.5 or 37 hours per week, all salary spine points will automatically meet minimum salary requirements without the need to 'trade' salary points.