Sectors Based Scheme

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  • Since 1 May 2004, nationals of the new EU Accession Countries are able to work freely in the UK under the worker registration scheme. If you are a UK employer looking for staff call the Latvian office on +371 7814121

Please note that the SBS currently only applies to nationals from Bulgaria and Romania. The programme was scheduled to be phased out by 31 December, 2007, but was retained for both nations upon their accession to the European Union on 01 January, 2007.

In 2002, a new opportunity to work in the UK for up to twelve months was announced under the work permit Sectors Based Scheme (SBS). The UK Government identified various skills shortage areas in the UK economy and the sector-based work permit scheme was introduced to address these shortages.

The accession of the new European Union member states in 2004, particularly Eastern Europe, brought in a larger than expected wave of immigration to the UK. In response, the government decided to phase out the program by 31 December, 2006. However, with the addition of Bulgaria and Romania to the EU on 01 January, 2007, the government decided to extend the program to nationals of these countries.

The sectors based scheme only covers the Food Manufacturing Industry.

We are pleased to bring to you the first online guide to the new work permit scheme for the Food Manufacturing Industry:

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