Resident Labor Market Test

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The Resident Labor Market Test (RLMT) is a necessary procedure, undergone by all UK employers when hiring from overseas. The only exception to this rule is when the vacant job is listed on the UK Shortage Occupation List – in which case the RLMT is bypassed.

The RLMT ensures that roles advertised to overseas talent cannot be filled with residential candidates. In this case, ‘residential’ means EEA or UK. The RLMT guidelines state that a job should be advertised on a regulated platform, for 28 days. Then, it can be offered to non-EEA (including the US) candidates. If you are looking to migrate from the US to the UK for work in a skilled Tier 2 or Tier 5 role, you will most likely be affected by the RLMT. You will not need to undergo any process as part of the RLMT. This is due to the fact it is the employer’s responsibility. However, you may be affected indirectly by the RLMT. This is because jobs which are not in shortage are more scarce and competitive for international candidates.

If you are looking for advice or assistance with your work visa and are concerned about being affected by the RLMT we can help. Our expert lawyers can work one-on-one with you to assess your individual circumstances.  They will advise you accordingly, providing detailed support with your specific inquiry.

Call 1844 290 6312 or make an inquiry online for more advice on Work Visas or any other business immigration issues.


How will the RLMT affect me?

If you are a professional hoping to work in the UK, you will not be directly affected by the RLMT.

However, as the RLMT requires UK employers to advertise their jobs to domestic talent for at least 28 days, you may find that fewer jobs are available to you as a result of it. This does not apply if your job is a shortage profession in the UK and is named on the UK Shortage Occupation List. If this is the case, your job will not undergo the RLMT.

However, you will only be able to see and apply for jobs which have already been advertised for the necessary period. Because of this, you will not need to take the period into account in your own application process.

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