UK Companies Sponsoring
International Students (2022)
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As an international student using the UK government’s Tier 2 sponsor list to find companies offering Tier 2 sponsorship in the UK is a pain in the a$%.
Up until now the best help you will have gotten from the internet and your University career services is to use the Government Tier 2 Sponsor List.
Which looks like this.
Example of the 2022 Register of Worker and Temporary Worker licensed sponsors
A 2,450 page PDF which is enough to make anyone want to throw their laptop out the window and then jump after it.
Our Founder, Mike has been dealing with the Tier 2 Sponsor List for 8 years.
Poor guy, but thankfully for us, he has picked up some great information for you to navigate the tier 2 sponsor list and easily find companies offering Tier 2 sponsorship in UK.
Get your free eBook here for all of Mike’s tips and advice for the whole process of finding a job in the UK
The Tier 2 sponsor list is a record the UK government keeps because it has to.
They never intended it to be used as a database or something to help international students find a job in the UK.
Importantly you can’t differentiate between which companies will actually give you a Visa to work in the UK.
You could sit there for the next 3 years trying to contact every company on the list.
You could use our list which states all the companies which actively sponsor.
Plus we tried to make it as easy as possible for you with a big list, and we even rated the companies on their likelihood of actually giving you a Tier 2 Visa.
Here’s a big list of companies we have dealt with this and last year, and we know hire international students and have given out Tier 2 Visas before.
This list is purely subjective based on our personal experience of working with international students and professionals from 2013.
Based on the following questions
This is a list of 85 of the biggest companies operating in the UK, who are currently or have previously been in the Times Top 100 Company List.
We calculated the chances of getting sponsored based on 3 factors:
No science was hurt in the making of this table.
|Times Top 100 2021 Rank||Name||Industry||2021 Graduate Job Vacancies||Click to Apply||Chances of getting sponsored|
(5 = High , 1 = Hell No!)
|2||PwC||Accounting & professional services||1,100||Apply||⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐|
|3||Deloitte||Accounting & professional services||1000||Apply||⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐|
|6||Technology||No fixed quota||Apply||⭐⭐⭐⭐|
|7||KPMG||Accounting & professional services||700||Apply||⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐|
|10||J.P. Morgan||Investment banking||Unknown||Apply||⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐|
|11||GSK||Chemicals & pharmaceuticals||50||Apply||⭐⭐⭐|
|12||EY||Accounting & professional services||750||Apply||⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐|
|14||HSBC||Banking & finance||600||Apply||⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐|
|15||Barclays||Banking & finance||500+||Apply||⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐|
|16||Goldman Sachs||Investment banking||400||Apply||⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐|
|19||Rolls-Royce||Engineering & industrial||No fixed quota||Apply||⭐⭐⭐|
|20||McKinsey & Company||Consulting||Unknown||Apply||⭐⭐|
|28||Arup||Engineering & industrial||Unknown||Apply||⭐⭐|
|32||Lloyds Banking Group||Banking & finance||100||Apply||⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐|
|33||Natwest||Banking & finance||228||Apply||⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐|
|35||BP||Oil & energy||100||Apply||⭐⭐|
|38||Allen & Overy||Law||Unknown||Apply||⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐|
|39||Jaguar Land Rover||Engineering & industrial||75||Apply||⭐⭐⭐|
|42||Shell||Oil & energy||Unknown||Apply||⭐⭐⭐|
|43||Morgan Stanley||Investment Banking||200||Apply||⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐|
|45||Boston Consulting Group||Consulting||Unknown||Apply||⭐⭐|
|45||Airbus||Engineering & industrial||Unknown||Apply||⭐⭐⭐|
|48||BT||IT & telecommunications||275||Apply||⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐|
|50||Penguin Random House||Media||200||Apply||⭐⭐⭐|
|52||AECOM||Engineering & industrial||Unknown||Apply||⭐⭐⭐|
|53||Atkins||Engineering & industrial||200||Apply||⭐⭐⭐⭐|
|54||Apple||Consumer goods||No fixed quota||Apply||⭐⭐⭐|
|55||Herbert Smith Freehills||Law||60||Apply||⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐|
|56||Astrazeneca||Chemicals & pharmaceuticals||80||Apply||⭐⭐|
|57||Bloomberg||IT & telecommunications||350||Apply||⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐|
|60||Vodafone||IT & telecommunications||60||Apply||⭐⭐⭐|
|61||White & Case||Law||50||Apply||⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐|
|63||Network Rail||Engineering & industrial||150||Apply||⭐⭐⭐|
|64||Deutsche Bank||Investment Banking||100||Apply||⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐|
|65||Huawei||IT & telecommunications||Unknown||Apply||⭐⭐⭐|
|66||Slaughter and May||Law||80||Apply||⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐|
|67||Bain & Company||Consulting||Unknown||Apply||⭐⭐⭐|
|68||Marks & Spencer||Retail||30||Apply||⭐⭐|
|72||Exxon Mobile||Oil & energy||Unknown||Apply||⭐⭐⭐⭐|
|73||Enterprise Rent-A-Car||Consumer goods||450||Apply||⭐⭐⭐⭐|
|81||Siemens||Engineering & industrial||150||Apply||⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐|
|N/A||BDO||Accounting & professional services||Unknown||Apply||⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐|
|83||Capital One||Banking & finance||40||Apply||⭐⭐⭐|
|90||American Express||Banking & finance||45||Apply||⭐⭐⭐|
|91||Tesla||Engineering & industrial||Unknown||Apply||⭐⭐⭐|
|N/A||Norton Rose Fullbright||Law||Unknown||Apply||⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐|
|92||Grant Thornton||Accounting & professional services||325||Apply||⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐|
|95||Mott McDonald||Engineering & industrial||200||Apply||⭐⭐⭐⭐|
|97||Samsung||Engineering & industrial||Unknown||Apply||⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐|
|98||Bank of England||Banking & finance||70||Apply||⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐|
|100||BMW Group||Engineering & industrial||Unknown||Apply||⭐⭐⭐|
Let’s refer back to the boring long list that the UKs Government has made.
There are roughly 5,200 companies that can give you a Visa, a working Visa.
The first step to find out if a company will give you a visa, is to see if they are on the list, otherwise they cannot legally sponsor you to work in the UK
Next, there are two things to bear in mind when using the Tier 2 Sponsor list
We cautiously estimate 90% of the companies on the Tier 2 sponsor list, won’t be hiring international students in a graduate scheme.
Simply because they don’t have the resources required.
The vast majority are called SME’s (Small and medium sized enterprises) these are smallish businesses with generally less than 50 staff.
A good example is a Chinese restaurant, that uses a license to sponsor a few staff, but has no intention of hiring a student.
TOP TIP: Just because a company is on the Tier 2 sponsor list, it does not
mean that they will or are actively sponsoring right now.
To find a company that will give you a Visa they should be:
There are a couple of ways to do this:
Let’s give you a more detailed explanation of how you would use each method and when it would be useful.
You could go here download the PDF, and sit and CTRL + F for companies, or start going through the list A to Z.
You can use the government Tier 2 sponsor list. It’s just not easy.
Both these sites are updated daily, and directly from the Home Office feed and will give you direct links to the companies websites
The downfall to the government list is that you only have the names of the companies which sponsor in a PDF.
You can search, sort and slice into the data set like you can in a database.
TOP TIP: Use the Sponsor Tier 2 list to quickly check for a single company,
or double check information you already have.
We first built this free web app in 2020, because we found the process of using the Tier 2 Sponsor List so frustrating.
We did try to reach out to Rohit at UK Tier Sponsors, but we felt like we would get more done and faster if we did it ourselves.
The Sponsor Tier 2 is just the government’s Tier 2 sponsor list as a database.
Plus you get a free email twice a week about companies that have been added (new potential employers) and can check which companies have been removed.
You can also:
TOP TIP: Use our web app to get a free email twice a week about
companies that have been added (new potential employers) and
can check which companies have been removed.
Our app is great to use when doing a job search. You can keep it open in a separate tab and use it quickly and easily to check if a company sponsors before you apply.
TOP TIP: if you search by industry or a large city like London, Manchester
or Birmingham you may still receive hundreds if not thousands of results.
So make sure you also search by the industry so you have a more custom search.
Following on from Option 2, you can use Job’s Boards like LinkedIn and Indeed and then cross reference the companies using the Government Tier 2 sponsor list or the Sponsor Tier 2 website.
Job’s Boards like LinkedIn and Indeed are a great way to search for current vacancies.
However they do not provide information for if the company will sponsor so it’s important to cross reference the companies using the Government Tier 2 sponsor list or the Sponsor Tier 2 website.
LinkedIn and Indeed are great… but…
When you do a search you will be sifting and sorting through hundreds of vacancies to only find a handful of jobs which are suitable.
For example if you go onto indeed and search “Graduate roles” there are over 15,000 roles available.
There is no point endlessly scrolling through pages and pages of irrelevant jobs.
TOP TIP: Use the advanced search feature to narrow down your search.
We recommend including the word “Graduate” and making sure the salary is above £20,000.
But you can refine the job search as much as you want to.
For example, if you wanted to be an auditor in London, you could use the search terms: “auditor, graduate, London.”
That’s going to cut down the number of jobs you have to look for and make them more relevant.
Student Circus was set up in 2016 by a pair of international students because they knew there wasn’t enough information available for international students.
They created a website full of information to help with your needs when it comes to a job search site.
Student Circus does the research, so you don’t have to.
On the site they state that each employer has:
Student Circus provides 30 days of access for free to students with a University email and they collaborate with 30+ Universities to work directly with their international students, providing weekly updates on new companies which have been added.
You can search for:
As stated on the UK Government websites for skilled worker visas (Tier 2’s) it can take anywhere from 3-8 weeks
The process of getting a Visa is reasonably quick and goes like this :
In our experience allow for 8 weeks, though some companies like PwC like to batch apply for student well in advance of 8 weeks.
For example, to start on their graduate programmes in September, your deadline to apply would be 5 months earlier on the last day of April.
If you are unsure if you even need a work Visa you can check on the UK government website here: https://www.gov.uk/check-uk-visa
Job Ready English is not an OISC registered immigration adviser, nor do we intend to portray ourselves as immigration experts.
All information provided here is for education purposes only.
We always recommend that you seek immigration advice from an OISC registered immigration adviser, a list of which you can find here: https://www.gov.uk/find-an-immigration-adviser
All immigration advisers must be registered with the OISC or be a member of an approved professional body, for example The Law Society.
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Finding companies that are sponsoring international students can be incredibly frustrating.
Using the Governments Tier 2 and Tier 5 List isn’t helpful.
Which is up to date and has been verified that they are hiring international students right now.
These are companies that we have helped international students and professionals apply to, and are currently targeting with our clients.
This list is updated regularly and you can click on any logo to be taken straight to that companies graduate recruitment page.
Now you have a list of UK companies sponsoring Visas for international students, what should you do next?
Got a company to add? Link is broken? Or have a question? Post a comment below.
We’ll tell you exactly how our bespoke coaching service will get you where you want to go.