Resident Labour Market Test
Resident Labour Market Test

The following Immigration guidance note provides comprehensive and up to date legal information covering:

  • Resident Labour Market Test
  • Sponsor licence application questionnaire
  • Settled workers
  • Different sources of law: the Immigration Rules and the Sponsor Guidance
  • Exemptions to the Resident Labour Market Test: shortage occupation list
  • Other exemptions to the Resident Labour Market Test
  • Advertising
  • Contents of the advert
  • Salary
  • Duration and timing of posting
  • more

An employer will be required to carry out a Resident Labour Market Test (also referred to as RLMT) before they can apply for a restricted Certificate of Sponsorship (RCoS), if relevant, and/or assign a Certificate of Sponsorship (CoS) under Tier 2 (General), unless:

  1. they already employ a sponsored migrant who is in a relevant immigration category and is seeking to extend their stay to work in the same occupation, or

  2. a specified exemption applies

The rationale behind the test is to ensure that there is no suitably-qualified or skilled settled worker available in the UK to take the role. It should be noted that the May government, in its White Paper on the options for the post-Brexit immigration system, accepted the recommendation of the Migration Advisory Committee (MAC) that the test should be abolished. See Practice Note: Immigration after Brexit: the government White Paper. The MAC’s view was that the high level of bureaucracy involved the current test outweighed any economic benefit (see Practice Note: Brexit materials—Migration Advisory Committee report on the impact of EEA migration to the UK). However, the test remains in place for Tier 2 (General) at present.

Details of the exemptions to the Resident Labour Market Test are set out below.

Conducting a Resident Labour Market Test will require the sponsor to undertake the following tasks carefully in accordance with