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.

Companies Offering Tier 2 Sponsorship in the UK

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

Companies Offering Tier 2 Sponsorship in the UK

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✔️How many international students ACTUALLY get hired in the UK?

 

✔️130+ Tier 2 Sponsors who WILL hire international students.

 

✔️Seven Key Habits to Successfully Get Hired.

 

✔️How the UK Graduate Job’s Market Works.

The Problem with the Tier 2 Sponsor List

IT’S USELESS!

 

 

 

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.

 

 

 

OR,

 

 

 

 

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.

Companies Hiring Now (in 2022 in the UK) – A big list

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

 

 

 

 

  1. Have we had personal experience of helping someone apply to this company?
  2. Have they progressed past application, and not been asked if they have “right to work in the UK?”
  3. Is the company big enough to provide a significant number of vacancies? We classify this as 20+ vacancies and a Times Top 100 Company

 

 

 

 

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:

 

 

 

  • Our experience
  • The ease of the process
  • The number of vacancies

 

 

 

 

No science was hurt in the making of this table.

Times Top 100 2021 RankNameIndustry2021 Graduate Job VacanciesClick to ApplyChances of getting sponsored
(5 = High , 1 = Hell No!)
2PwCAccounting & professional services1,100Apply⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
3DeloitteAccounting & professional services1000Apply⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
4NHSVarious500Apply⭐⭐⭐
5AldiRetail100Apply⭐⭐⭐
6GoogleTechnologyNo fixed quotaApply⭐⭐⭐⭐
7KPMGAccounting & professional services700Apply⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
10J.P. MorganInvestment bankingUnknownApply⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
11GSKChemicals & pharmaceuticals50Apply⭐⭐⭐
12EYAccounting & professional services750Apply⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
13UnileverConsumer goods40Apply⭐⭐
14HSBCBanking & finance600Apply⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
15BarclaysBanking & finance500+Apply⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
16Goldman SachsInvestment banking400Apply⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
17AmazonConsumer Goods300Apply⭐⭐⭐⭐
18LidlRetail60Apply⭐⭐⭐
19Rolls-RoyceEngineering & industrialNo fixed quotaApply⭐⭐⭐
20McKinsey & CompanyConsultingUnknownApply⭐⭐
20AccentureTechnology/ConsultingUnknownApply⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
23NewtonConsulting110Apply⭐⭐⭐⭐
24Clifford ChanceLaw100Apply⭐⭐⭐⭐
25IBMTechnology/ ConsultingUnknownApply⭐⭐
26LinklatersLaw100Apply⭐⭐⭐⭐
27MicrosoftTechnologyUnknownApply⭐⭐⭐
28ArupEngineering & industrialUnknownApply⭐⭐
30SkyMedia150Apply⭐⭐⭐⭐
32Lloyds Banking GroupBanking & finance100Apply⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
33NatwestBanking & finance228Apply⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
34P&GConsumer goodsUnknownApply⭐⭐
35BPOil & energy100Apply⭐⭐
38Allen & OveryLawUnknownApply⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
39Jaguar Land RoverEngineering & industrial75Apply⭐⭐⭐
42ShellOil & energyUnknownApply⭐⭐⭐
43Morgan StanleyInvestment Banking200Apply⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
44DLA PiperLaw65Apply⭐⭐⭐
45Boston Consulting GroupConsultingUnknownApply⭐⭐
45AirbusEngineering & industrialUnknownApply⭐⭐⭐
48BTIT & telecommunications275Apply⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
49L'OrealConsumer goods28Apply⭐⭐
50Penguin Random HouseMedia200Apply⭐⭐⭐
52AECOMEngineering & industrialUnknownApply⭐⭐⭐
53AtkinsEngineering & industrial200Apply⭐⭐⭐⭐
54AppleConsumer goodsNo fixed quotaApply⭐⭐⭐
55Herbert Smith FreehillsLaw60Apply⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
56AstrazenecaChemicals & pharmaceuticals80Apply⭐⭐
57BloombergIT & telecommunications350Apply⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
58MarsConsumer goods25Apply⭐⭐
59Baker McKenzieLaw33Apply⭐⭐⭐
60VodafoneIT & telecommunications60Apply⭐⭐⭐
61White & CaseLaw50Apply⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
62TescoRetailUnknownApply⭐⭐
63Network RailEngineering & industrial150Apply⭐⭐⭐
64Deutsche BankInvestment Banking100Apply⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
65HuaweiIT & telecommunicationsUnknownApply⭐⭐⭐
66Slaughter and MayLaw80Apply⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
67Bain & CompanyConsultingUnknownApply⭐⭐⭐
68Marks & SpencerRetail30Apply⭐⭐
69BlackrockInvestment Banking140Apply⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
70FreshfieldsLawUnknownApply⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
72Exxon MobileOil & energyUnknownApply⭐⭐⭐⭐
73Enterprise Rent-A-CarConsumer goods450Apply⭐⭐⭐⭐
74FacebookTechnologyUnknownApply⭐⭐⭐⭐
75CMSLaw79Apply⭐⭐⭐⭐
76CitiInvestment BankingUnknownApply⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
77Channel 4MediaUnknownApply⭐⭐⭐
78UBSInvestment Banking100Apply⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
79AdmiralInsurance50Apply⭐⭐⭐
80Mcdonald'sConsumer goodsUnknownApply⭐⭐⭐
81SiemensEngineering & industrial150Apply⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
N/ABDOAccounting & professional servicesUnknownApply⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
83Capital OneBanking & finance40Apply⭐⭐⭐
85SavillsReal Estate50Apply⭐⭐⭐
86BootsRetailUnknownApply⭐⭐⭐
87TPPTechnology50Apply⭐⭐⭐⭐
90American ExpressBanking & finance45Apply⭐⭐⭐
91TeslaEngineering & industrialUnknownApply⭐⭐⭐
N/ANorton Rose FullbrightLawUnknownApply⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
92Grant ThorntonAccounting & professional services325Apply⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
93ASOSRetailUnknownApply⭐⭐⭐
94Pinsent MasonsLaw65Apply⭐⭐⭐⭐
N/AIrwin MitchellLaw50Apply⭐⭐⭐⭐
95Mott McDonaldEngineering & industrial200Apply⭐⭐⭐⭐
97SamsungEngineering & industrialUnknownApply⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
98Bank of EnglandBanking & finance70Apply⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
99Hogan LovellsLaw50Apply⭐⭐⭐⭐
100BMW GroupEngineering & industrialUnknownApply⭐⭐⭐

What companies will give me a visa?

Let’s refer back to the boring long list that the UKs Government has made.

Companies Offering Tier 2 Sponsorship in the UK

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

  • The type of visa they can give
  • The size of the company

 

 

 

 

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:

 

 

    • On the Tier 2 sponsor list
    • Big enough to regularly hire and sponsor Tier 2 Visas
    • Be actively sponsoring right now (this is a lesson best learnt from experience)

How do I find companies to give me a visa to the UK?

There are a couple of ways to do this:

 

 

 

      1. Use the government Tier 2 sponsor list
      2. Use the Sponsor Tier 2 website
      3. Use job’s boards and then cross reference companies with the Tier 2 Sponsor List
      4. Use specialised Job’s Boards which filter jobs that provide Tier 2 sponsorship

 

 

 

 

Let’s give you a more detailed explanation of how you would use each method and when it would be useful.

1) Use the Government Tier 2 sponsor list

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.

 

 

 

There are already much better searchable databases our there like Uk Tier Sponsors : https://uktiersponsors.co.uk/ and our own Sponsor Tier 2 web app https://sponsortier2.com

 

 

 

 

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.

2) Use the Sponsor Tier 2 Website

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:

 

 

 

 

    • Search by Town
    • Search by Industry
    • Get a link to most companies websites
    • See recently added companies
    • See companies that have been recently removed

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.

When to use the Sponsor Tier 2 App?

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.

Our Sponsor Tier 2 Web App is completely free and you can find it at www.sponsortier2.com learn how to use it here:

Companies Offering Tier 2 Sponsorship in the UK

Download the 7 Steps

to get Hired

Free 44 page eBook

✔️How many international students ACTUALLY get hired in the UK?

 

✔️130+ Tier 2 Sponsors who WILL hire international students.

 

✔️Seven Key Habits to Successfully Get Hired.

 

✔️How the UK Graduate Job’s Market Works.

3) Use job’s boards and then cross reference companies with the Tier 2 Sponsor List

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.

4) Use specialised Job’s Boards which filter jobs that provide Tier 2 sponsorship

We basically recommend 2 cool sites:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

You can find out more about the job’s boards we recommend here.

  • Find live vacancies
  • Check for company and vacancy at the same time
  • Proactively looking for jobs

  • Time consuming
  • Lots of manual work
  • Lots of tab switching

Student Circus

 

 

 

 

www.studentcircus.com

 

 

 

 

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:

      • Are licensed by the Home Office to sponsor a Tier 2 job
      • Verified that they meet the salary criteria laid out for that job
      • Confirmed they are actively sponsoring international students

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:

      • Jobs
      • Internships
      • Placements
      • Start-up internships

  • Easy to navigate 
  • Easily search for roles 
  • Professional and clear user interface 
  • Highly credible as they work with large universities like LSE and Bristol 
  • Navigate by sector and job type

  • To view details about a job vacancy you need to register with a University email

Target Jobs

 

 

www.targetjobs.co.uk

 

 

 

 

Target Jobs is a government sponsored website aimed at providing information for students in the UK.

 

 

 

 

 

It is a fantastic resource for students who want to find information on almost any company or role.

  • Search by work permit and degree result
  • Lovely User Interface, so easy to navigate
  • Massive resources to learn about companies and roles
  • Shows the expiry date for the vacancy
  • No need to register
  • Shows number of vacancies

  • Massive choice can be overwhelming
  • You do get quite a few “junks” results from educational internship companies selling jobs

How long will it take me to process a visa for these companies?

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 :

 

 

 

      1. Get a formal job offer
      2. Receive a written contract
      3. Provide documents to process your Visa (large company) or fill out form on the Home office website (LINK) to process your own Visa
      4. Book an appointment at a Visa Application Centre to get your documents checked
      5. Wait for a decision

 

 

 

 

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.

Extra Information

Arrange a
discovery call

Call 0203 4886472, email mike@jobreadyenglish.com, or send us a message to arrange a convenient discovery call that will help you understand what’s stopping you from achieving your goals.

We’ll tell you exactly how our bespoke coaching service will get you where you want to go.

Finding companies that are sponsoring international students can be incredibly frustrating.

 

 

 

 

Using the Governments Tier 2 and Tier 5 List isn’t helpful.

 

 

 

 

You can use a free tool like Sponsor Tier 2, but  Our Facebook Group asked for a list of Tier 2 Companies that sponsor international students in the UK.

 

 

 

 

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.

Accounting and Professional services

Banking & Finance

HSBC

Barclays

Santander

Bank of England

Lloyds Banking Group

RBS

NatWest

Blackstone

Revolut

Visa

London Stock Exchange Group

S&P Global

Fidelity International

M&G Investments

Bloomberg

Consulting

Newton

McKinsey & Company

Boston Consulting Group

Bain & Company

Kantar

Korn Ferry

FTI Consulting

Consumer Goods

Unilever

Amazon

P&G

Apple

Mars

L’Oréal

Nestle

McDonald’s

Johnson & Johnson

Enterprise Rent-A-Car

Bet365

Henkel

Innocent

Engineering & Industrial

Rolls-Royce

Jaguar Land Rover

ARUP

Airbus

Atkins

Siemens

AECOM

Network Rail

Mott MacDonald

Bentley

Bellway

EDF Energy

RWE

Thales

Insurance

Admiral

Legal & General

BUPA

AVIVA

Zurich

Marsh

AIG

Hiscox

Munich RE

Allianz

AON

Willis Towers Watson

RSA

AXA

NFU Mutual

Direct Line Group

Investment Banking

J.P. Morgan

Goldman Sachs

Morgan Stanley

UBS

Citi

Blackrock

Bank of America

Deutsche Bank

MUFG

Nomura

Mako

Rothschild & Co

Marshall Wace

IT & Telecommunications

BT

Bloomberg

Virgin Media

Huawei

Vodafone

Law

Clifford Chance

Allen & Overy

Linklaters

Slaughter & May

Marshall Wace

Marshall Wace

DLA Piper

Freshfields

Pinsent Masons

Hogan Lovells

CMS

Norton Rose Fulbright

White & Case

Irwin Mitchell

Retail

Aldi

Lidl

Tesco

Marks & Spencer

Boots

John Lewis Partnership

ASOS

The Hut Group

Technology

Google

Microsoft

TP&P Technology

Facebook

IBM

Accenture

CapGemini

Improbable

Softwire

BJSS

Apple

Version 1

Siemens

ARM

Expedia

Amazon

Autodesk

Micro Focus

Tik Tok

Sony

Huawei

Luminance

Ocado

What’s Next?

Now you have a list of UK companies sponsoring Visas for international students, what should you do next?

 

 

 

Check out our full 0 to Job Guide to give you step by step instructions to go from knowing nothing to finding a job in the UK as an international student

 

 

 

Got a company to add? Link is broken? Or have a question? Post a comment below.

Arrange a
discovery call

Call 0203 4886472, email mike@jobreadyenglish.com, or send us a message to arrange a convenient discovery call that will help you understand what’s stopping you from achieving your goals.

We’ll tell you exactly how our bespoke coaching service will get you where you want to go.

Companies Offering Tier 2 Sponsorship in the UK

Download the 7 Steps

to get Hired

Free 44 page eBook

✔️How many international students ACTUALLY get hired in the UK?

 

✔️130+ Tier 2 Sponsors who WILL hire international students.

 

✔️Seven Key Habits to Successfully Get Hired.

 

✔️How the UK Graduate Job’s Market Works.

14 Comments

  1. Sir, I am from India, I am completed my UG Course In India further I will start my PG course in UK with any companies sponsorship.what is the procedure for studying in UK by above method.

    • Hi Rohan,

      The list changes daily from the Home Office, and we try and update whenever possible. But we are a small team.

      Best,

    • Hi Juli,

      Thanks for your comment. We do not dispute that they sponsor, they are just unlikely to sponsor graduates in our experience

    • Hi Jagdish,

      You will need to start applying to companies to find someone to provide you with a Visa buddy!

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