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Are you looking to up your staff count? Between July and September this year, the number of UK job vacancies hit a record high of 1.1 million – that’s the highest level since 2001 – and Keith Mellen of Anne Veck Oxford has discovered that the common understanding that hairdressing is not on the Home Office’s list of skilled workers is actually mistaken.

According to Keith, you can apply for a license that allows for recruitment from the EU or anywhere internationally, for a period of four years. Keith has been investigating the scope of overseas employment as this area is a key ingredient to deepen recruitment opportunities in the UK.

Keith’s mission was to make an application for a Sponsor’s License-Skilled Worker from the Home Office and he is now in receipt of one. The process took around 3 weeks from start to finish. A full job description and a considerable amount of detail is required – nothing too complex, just information needed as checks may need to be carried out. Plus, you must be recruiting for a position that includes management or leadership

 “Our successful application was for a training director, the job description included hairdressing duties, expert skills and lead role in in-salon education. For me, the interesting and useful point that I want to share with colleagues in the industry is that the phrase “salons manager” as stated in the Eligible Occupation Codes, appears to be a steer to applying for senior positions with management responsibilities rather than literally a salon manager.  The other notable factor is that we pay £30,000- £38,000 for senior stylists and style directors and I was surprised to see the going rate of pay to be as low as the guide suggests at £19,300.  As supporters of the Living Wage, it is more important for us to recruit good people who will remain in the business for a significant term rather than go for the lower pay rates,” says Keith.

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