UK Govt Releases List of Over 2000 Companies Approved to Sponsor Work Visas as Job Scams Hit Nigerians Hard

UK Govt Releases List of Over 2000 Companies Approved to Sponsor Work Visas as Job Scams Hit Nigerians Hard

  • The United Kingdom has released a list of signs for Nigerians to look out for when seeking a sponsored job for a skilled worker visa
  • This is coming amid recent reports of stranded Nigerians being duped with a promise of getting a job when they arrive in the country
  • A complete list of companies approved by the UK home office to sponsor skilled worker visas has also been provided

The United Kingdom (UK) government has sent a note of warning to job seekers, especially immigrants looking to relocate to the country.

In a message shared on its website, the UK government provided seven signs job seekers should be on the lookout for to avoid turning a potential dream job into an instant nightmare.

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The warning is coming amid a recent report detailing how many Nigerians and other countries' nationals were left destitute after paying agents huge amounts of money to travel to the UK on skilled workers' visas only to find out they had no jobs.

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The UK government operates a skilled worker visa system that allows qualified nationals from other countries to work there.

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Regrettably, an investigation conducted by Sky News UK shows the system is now being abused to the detriment of unsuspecting innocent job seekers, including Nigerians.

UK's warning for job seekers

The UK government is now advising job seekers, especially Nigerians looking for sponsors to relocate, on some red flags to watch out for.

Part of the statement reads:

"January and February are acknowledged within the recruitment industry as peak job search months– providing prime opportunities for scammers to exploit."

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"The Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) is working with JobsAware to raise awareness of job scams that might lead people down the path of sharing identity details, and even their own money, in the mistaken belief they are in line for new employment."

Therefore, jobseekers are being alerted to the seven signs of scams that could leave them at risk of being scammed.

The development comes amid the increase in the number of Nigerians seeking to relocate abroad due to the economic situation in Nigeria.

Seven signs to look out for while looking for job in UK

  1. Poorly written job adverts that do not include full details, including salary.
  2. Suspicious contact details, especially if no point of contact is linked with a job advert and the email is not official.
  3. Unrealistic salary- If the promised salary is above the industry pay average
  4. A job offer without an interview
  5. Being asked for money
  6. Illegitimate companies or illegitimate emails
  7. UK domain - If the domain is outside the UK, ensure to look into the company further

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UK list of approved companies that can sponsor visa

To assist further, the UK government has provided a list of companies approved to sponsor skilled Nigerians looking to relocate to the UK if they can secure a job.

To apply for a skilled worker visa, a valid job offer must be available from a licensed UK employer.

To view the complete list, click here.

Top 10 banks in Nigeria ranked by workers' salaries

Meanwhile, in another report, revealed the 10 commercial banks with the highest salary.

The banks paid a combined sum of N1.30 trillion to their staff in 2022 to cover their personnel expenses, which include wages, salaries and pensions.

The analysis shows that Ecobank emerged with the highest staff expenses, followed by UBA and Access Bank.

Conversely, Unity, Fidelity, and Wema reported the lowest expenditure in this category.

The data also showed showed over 90,000 Nigerians are working in different banks in the country.


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