The UK is very small demographically, probably equal to the size of the largest Indian states. It’s obvious to understand that not everyone in the UK can get a job as it cannot accommodate all of them. There are millions of people across the world who wanted to come to the UK; if all of them get a job, then you will find no UK after a few years. We certainly need to put a cap on the immigration rules, so does the UK do. However, like any other country, the UK cannot grant any job to anybody but the gates are open for intelligent and smart working people. As 2011 British census 2.3% of the total UK population are Indians which numbers around 1,451,862 with an increase of around 0.5% from the 2001 census.
According to a report published in the Hindustan Times, Indian nationals secured almost 60% of Tier 2 skilled worker visas granted by the UK in the year ending September 2016, despite UK visa numbers falling to their lowest level since 2014. Employers need to have both a Tier 2 Sponsorship Licence and a Certificate of Sponsorship for each employee they need to employ on Tier 2 Visas. The figures were released by the UK government on 23 February.
According to the quarterly Migration Statistics report, 53,575 of the 93,244 skilled worker visa applications that were approved, went to Indians. Meanwhile, Indian and Chinese nationals accounted for the highest number of non-visitor visas granted. The report’s findings place Indians way ahead of nationals from other countries in the Tier 2 Visa UK skilled work visa category. The next largest group were US citizens, accounting for 9,348 or 10% of the total number of Tier 2 visas granted.
In the year 2016, a total of 93,244 skilled worker visas (Tier-2 visa) were granted to the foreign nationals and 53,575 of them were taken up by Indian alone – isn’t it a big number? If ten people are going to study in the UK, only 3–4 of them will be able to fetch a job; unfortunately, you will never be able to meet them. You are just going to meet the leftover who are going to dissipate the lies. Of course, you can have a more wide bandwidth to look for the employee if you are in the US or Canada but the quality of the job that you can get in the UK is certainly incomparable to any other country (exceptions are possible).
Get ready for employment in the UK
Getting jobs in the UK requires time in any field, you will have to start it as soon as you land up there. In the first place, you will have to work on your resume and industrial skill set. Do have some short courses and some certification that will enhance your skill set. Employers always lookout for someone who has more skills and knowledge compared to a university graduate. You can utilise the various online learning platforms available to add more skills and expertise in your resume that can help enhance your efficiency at work. There are hundreds of courses available for students to explore.
Make a list of all the placement agencies in the UK:
Jobs – recruitment agency, UK
Antal International – Executive Recruitment | Antal
Job Search & Recruitment Agency | Michael Page
InterQuest Group | Develop tomorrow’s future, define your own…
There are hundreds of them – make sure you visit them personally and submit your portfolio or resume. Do ask them to update you if they get any vacancy for the work areas you are interested in.
Create your portal directory:
Do list down all the online portals, sign up, and store all the passwords at one place. Make sure you create a full profile and upload your updated resume. This need not be only in the UK but anywhere across the map. You can also browse on the different options they have and apply online.
Apply to the internships as well:
Also, apply for the internship, need not that you apply only for full-time jobs. An internship is the best way to enter in a company; you are most likely to be hired. It might get you less pay initially but it will award the immense knowledge and some financial benefits and long term gold coins.
Keep a healthy relationship with the support team:
Make sure you visit your placement or recruitment team time to time and update them about your academics and interest areas. You might not need them in building your resume but still, it’s good to ask for their help as it will create a longer impression.
Volunteering, Organizing, and social work:
Make sure you volunteer in the social groups and clubs. It will help you create good networking among the existing folks on the campus. Try to become a class representative or a group leader. To help the university organizing their events or be a unique performer.
Alumni data and statistics:
Forget not to ask your university about the successful Alumni. Do take their emails or linked in profiles, Facebook ids or anything else. Make sure you introduce yourself to them and keep in touch frequently – don’t be annoying ;D
Linked in Premium account:
Do subscribe for a premium Linked in account – find about the top people in your industry or the related one. Almost all the top recruiters’ HR will be available on this portal. It’s essential to reach out to them, introduce yourself, and drop a copy of your resume. Make sure that you don’t do this randomly; you should know where you are sending this, so it reaches to a specific audience.
Well, it’s obvious to use the fancy and cool language, but this will hardly help you in getting placed anywhere. Try to be as formal and pleasant as possible – it’s okay if somebody is not replying to your text; if somebody has the job vacant and not responding to your emails and calls – everything is fair in this process. Just don’t lose your calm or you lose your career.
It’s practically possible to get a job in the UK but not for everyone. Why one should not go if you can study for two years at the cost of one. No other much pre-college chores to be done – a direct entry in the most tier-2 schools.
For Indians, however, is, even more, easier than any other non-English speaking nationals – we don’t need to write IELTS to study in the UK anymore (except the top 10–15 universities). Study a program of your choice with countless specializations.