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For a quick guide about working in Scotland, refer to the questions and answers below. For more in-depth information about living and working in Scotland, go to www.scotlandistheplace.com
Hospitality, Catering and Tourism jobs in Scotland
This sector offers a wide and diverse range of job opportunities from bar and restaurant work to qualified chef positions to hotel management. Scotland's tourism sector has a long established and successful tradition of employing overseas workers
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CAN I COME TO SCOTLAND TO WORK?
EEA national have the right to travel for the purpose of work between all member countries. You do not require any formal permission to enter the UK and there is no time limit on your stay. Once here, you are free to stay to work or set up a business and do not need to apply for permission to do so at any time. If you are a national of the Czech Republic, Estonia, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Slovakia, or Slovenia working in the UK, you are subject to the Worker Registration Scheme. You will need to register if you plan to work for more than one month for an employer in the UK. Once you have been working legally in the UK for twelve months without a break you will have full rights of free movement. You can then apply for a residence permit confirming your status.
Non EEA nationals wishing to come to Scotland to take up employment will have to meet certain criteria.
ARE THERE ANY SPECIAL MIGRANT WORKER SCHEMES THAT OPERATE IN SCOTLAND?
Scotland is covered by the Immigration Rules set by the UK Government. There are a number of schemes for workers. Details can be found on the Home Office website at: www.workingintheuk.gov.uk
WHAT IS A WORK PERMIT?
Work permits are a part of the UK's immigration policy. Nationals from some nations require a work permit before they can work in the UK. There are six separate sets of work permit arrangements. More details can be found on the Home Office website at: www.workingintheuk.gov.uk
DO I NEED A WORK PERMIT?
EEA Nationals have the right to travel for the purpose of work between all member countries. You do not require a work permit of any kind. However, once here you may wish to obtain a residence permit from the Home Office. This provides official confirmation of your right of residence in the UK and can be used later if seeking settlement status.
If you are an non EEA national, you will need to meet one of the work permit arrangements if you want to work in Scotland.
CAN MY FAMILY COME WITH ME?
If your family are EEA nationals they also have the right to travel between all member countries.
This depends on the type of visa or work permit you are hold.
CAN MY PARTNER ALSO COME TO SCOTLAND TO WORK?
If your partner is an EEA national they also have the right to travel for the purpose of work between all member countries and do not require a work permit of any kind.
This depends on the type of visa or work permit you hold.
DO I NEED TO REGISTER?
From May 1 2004, most nationals of the new member states (except Cyprus and Malta) working in the UK will be subject to the Accession State Workers Registration Scheme. Where they are subject to the scheme they will need to register if they plan to work for more than one month for an employer in the UK. Once you have been working legally in the UK for 12 months without a break you will have full rights of free movement. For further information of the Workers Registration Scheme, visit www.workingintheuk.gov.uk
WHAT IS NATIONAL INSURANCE?
National Insurance is a type of earnings related tax that is payable as soon as you become self-employed. If you set up a company the company will need to pay national insurance contributions for your employees. These contributions count towards certain state benefits.
HOW DO I APPLY FOR A NATIONAL INSURANCE NUMBER?
No one has a legal right to a NI number but there are circumstances you are legally obliged to formally apply for one and to register for NI purposes. If you do not already have an NI number you must apply for one as soon as you start work or you or your partner claims benefit. You should contact your local social security office and ask for an appointment to be interviewed for a NI number. At the interview you will need to be able to provide your identity.
Scotland's Relocation Advisory Service can give you more information about working in Scotland.