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Why apply for UK Tier-2 Visa?

  • Get employment for up to 5 years
  • Accelerated application process
  • Earn an average annual salary of £35,000 to £45,000
  • Streamline pathway to migrate to the UK


Work in the UK

The UK regularly grants invitations to skilled professionals via the UK Tier 2 work visa. The program facilitates candidates with occupations that are listed on the Tier-2 Shortage Occupation List (SOL), to get long term job opportunities in the UK. Y-Axis, the leading immigration consultants in Dubai, provides complete UK work permit assistance. 

The primary requirement for skilled workers who wish to work in the UK is to have a valid Tier-2 visa. Candidates with an employment offer for a skilled position in the UK are eligible for the visa. The minimum salary threshold for the visa is £25,600 or the occupation-wise salary requirement, also known as the “Going rate”.

The top 5 occupations in the list are as follows:

  • Engineering
  • Teaching
  • IT
  • Finance
  • Healthcare


UK Work Visas

The UK work visas are categorized into four types that are mentioned below:

  • Short-term work visas
  • Long-term work visas
  • Investor, Business Development and Talent visas 
  • Other types of visas

Here’s a list of the Top in-demand occupations in the UK


DevOps is one of the most in-demand skills in the UK. 

Programming Languages:

The programming languages mentioned below are currently in-demand in the UK:

  • C++
  • JavaScript
  • SQL
  • Java
  • Python

Machine Learning/ Artificial Intelligence:

Artificial Intelligence is one of the most popular IT skills in the UK with job roles that include:

  • Data Analyst
  • Data Architect
  • Data Warehouse Developer

Cyber Security:

Cyber security is slowing flourishing with an increasing demand in the UK.

CRM Developer:

There has been a 14% increase in the UK, giving rise to over 7 million CRM professionals.


Top IT Job roles in the UK

Job Title

Average starting salary

Dev Ops Engineer


Software Engineer


Python Developer


Data Scientist


Software Developer


Cyber Security Specialist


Mobile Application Developer



Top industries in the UK


Count of Companies

Information Technology










HR & Admin




Engineering (Construction)



Jobs in the UK as per the Industry

Industry Designation Most Common Skills Top Hiring Locations Remote Jobs Availibility
Information Technology Machine Learning Engineer Deep Learning, TensorFlow, Machine Learning, Python London, Cambridge, Edinburgh 18.10%
Data Scientist
Software Engineer
Data Engineer
Site Reliability Engineer  Terraform, Kubernetes, Amazon Web Services (AWS) London, Edinburgh, Newcastle upon Tyne 41.30%
DevOps Consultant
System Administrator
Salesforce Administrator Administration, Implementation, Customer Relationship Management (CRM) London, Leeds, Sheffield 28.20%
Salesforce Consultant
Customer Relationship Management Analyst
Business Analyst
Computer Vision Engineer Computer Vision, OpenCV, Image Processing London, Edinburgh, Cambridge 26.50%
Software Engineer
Machine Learning Engineer
Data Engineer Aache, Spark, Hadoop, Python London, Edinburgh, Manchester 27.40%
Data Analyst  
Business Intelligence Developer (Programming Language)
Back End Developer Go (Programming Language), Git, Amazon Web Services (AWS) London, Manchester, Glasgow 43.80%
Full Stack Engineer
Web Developer
Procurement Import Specialist Freight Forwarding, Customs Regulations, International Logistics London, Felixstowe, Manchester, Dover 3.40%
Import Manager
Import Clerk
Freight Forwarder
Import Export Specialist
Sales & Marketing Business Development Representative Product Management, Product Strategy, Agile Methodologies London, Glasgow, Oxford 21.10%
Strategy Associate
Vice President of Products
Director of Product Management, Chief Product Officer, Vice President of Product Strategy, Head of Product, Product Team Manager
Human Resource Chief Human Resources Officer Succession Planning, Culture Change, Talent Management, Employee Engagement, London, Belfast, Manchester 13.70%
Talent Management, Chief People Officer, Vice President of Human Resources, Director of HR Operations
Diversity and Inclusion Manager
Talent Acquisition Specialist Recruiting, Sourcing, Interviewing Greater Manchester, Leeds 23.00%
Talent Acquisition Manager, Recruiter, Delivery Consultant, etc.
Education Career Counsellor Coaching, Career Development, Training Delivery London, Birmingham, Manchester 20.60%
Career Advisor
Writing/ Publishing & Media Communications Content Designer User Experience (UX), Content Strategy, Web Content Writing London, Edinburgh, Manchester 21.60%
Content Coordinator, Brand Designer
Copywriter, Editor, Content Manager
Pharma/ Healthcare Laboratory Operations Manager Life Sciences, Molecular Biology, Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) Glasgow, London, Manchester 2.00%
Laboratory Supervisor
Laboratory Assistant
Medical Laboratory Scientist
Laboratory Operations Manager
Environmental Science/ Health & Safety Sustainability Manager Sustainable Development, BREEAM, Sustainability Reporting, Environmental Awareness London, Manchester, Bristol 8.30%
Public Health Officer
Project Manager,
Public Health Specialist


Top 5 Industries in the UK (General)


Employment number

Supermarkets in the UK


Hospitals in the UK


Charities in the UK


Temporary-Employment Placement Agencies in the UK


General Secondary Education in the UK



Top IT companies in the UK














CVS Health



UnitedHealth Group



Berkshire Hathaway






Amerisource Bergen






Exxon Mobil





UK Tier 2 Visa

The UK Tier-2 visa offers a pathway for skilled professionals to settle and grow their careers in the UK for a 5-year period. The UK Tier-2 visa is managed by the points-based system where candidates 70 points for the application. The points are given based on the factors given below:

  • Candidates with a Certificate of Sponsorship (CoS) from a Canadian employer.
  • Candidates must meet the salary requirements.  
  • Candidates must demonstrate English language proficiency.
  • Candidates must provide sufficient proof of funds.


The UK Tier 2 visa is further segregated to facilitate different professionals, which are mentioned below:

  • Tier 2 General Visa: Designed for individuals with a job offer in the UK and whose profession is listed on the shortage occupation list (now replaced by the Skilled Worker visa).
  • Tier 2 Intra-Company Transfer Visa: Intended for employees of corporations relocating to the UK.
  • Tier 2 Minister of Religion Visa: Tailored for ministers of religions affiliated with a religious organization.
  • Tier 2 Sportsperson Visa: Specifically for coaches and sports professionals.


Processing Time of UK Tier-2 visa

The visa application can be submitted three months prior to the start date of your employment in the UK. The joining date is usually mentioned in the Certificate of Sponsorship (CoS) by the UK-based employer.

The decision on the visa is usually announced within 3 weeks of submitting the application. The processing time for most of the UK visas are set to be streamlined, considering the recent addition of occupations to the Shortage Occupations List (SOL).


UK Tier 2 visa validity

The visa allows a maximum stay of 5 years, contingent upon the length of your employment contract. If you haven't reached the maximum duration for your visa type, extending your stay is possible. Applying for an extension can be done online or at a premium service center for UK visas.

Under the Tier 2 visa, the maximum duration is 5 years and 14 days or the duration specified on your certificate of sponsorship (plus 1 month), whichever is shorter.


UK Tier-2 visa Requirements

The candidates must have the following list of requirements to apply for the UK Tier-2 visa:

  • Valid Certificate of Sponsorship
  • Proof of sufficient funds
  • English language proficiency
  • Criminal clearance certificate
  • Any other additional documents


UK Tier-2 Visa- Dependent Visa

The Skilled Worker Dependent Visa is designed for the children and partners of individuals who have either arrived in the country on a Skilled Worker visa or have applied for one.

Eligible candidates for a Skilled Worker Dependent Visa include:

  • Spouse
  • Unmarried or same-sex partner
  • Children below 18 at the time of application
  • Children over 18 who are dependents

For spouses and partners, the relationship must be legal, and they should reside together throughout their stay in the country.

  • Financial Requirements: Skilled Worker dependents do not have access to public funds. Hence, they must demonstrate sufficient financial resources for their stay in the UK. If there are dependents, an additional £630 must be shown for each dependent.
  • Age: Both the principal applicant and the dependent must be at least 18 on the date of arrival in the United Kingdom or when the visa is issued.
  • Additional Criteria: Previous holders of UK visas for students or short-term study visas since April 2015, or those granted leave as parents of a Tier 4 student (child) since April 2015, are ineligible.

Meeting the general grounds for admission is essential, necessitating a clean immigration history with no instances of overstaying. Furthermore, there should be no intention to remain in the UK after the expiration of the spouse or relative's visa.


Steps to Apply

Applications for the Skilled Worker dependent visa can be submitted with the primary Skilled Worker visa application or at a later time. Irrespective of the timing of the submissions, approved applicants will be granted leave that aligns with the duration of the primary visa holder's leave.

The approval timeline may vary depending on the location where the Tier 2-based visa approval is sought.

As a holder of the Skilled Worker dependent visa, you are entitled to:

  • Reside in the UK for the same period as the principal Skilled Worker visa holder.
  • Engage in employment, with specific exceptions.
  • Pursue studies or undertake a postgraduate course, subject to certain conditions.
  • Apply for visa extension in alignment with the principal applicant, provided the eligibility criteria are met. Extension applications are not permissible once the key visa holder has departed from the UK.
  • Restrictions include ineligibility for public funds, along with prohibitions on working as a trainee doctor, dentist, or professional sports instructor.


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