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Government Publishes Guidance for Businesses Offering Work to People Coming from Ukraine

on Thursday, 19 May 2022.

We take a look at the key takeaways from the published guidance for businesses looking to offer work to people coming from Ukraine.

Offering Employment

The guidance asks businesses to complete and return a Vacancy information questionnaire in the first instance. Businesses will then be contacted by the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) within five working days to discuss the available roles.

The opportunities identified will then be shared across the DWP Jobcentre Plus network and with the Refugee Employment Network (REN), which is a charity that works with organisations across the UK to support refugees into work.

Employers should also consider whether any Ukrainian professional qualifications may need to be recognised in the UK, if they will be working in a regulated profession. The UK Centre for Professional Qualifications is providing a free service which can be used to confirm whether a particular qualification is recognised in the UK. 


There is a section of FAQs at the end of the guidance. We have highlighted some information from this section as follows:

  • Employment opportunities from all sectors and locations are currently welcomed.
  • People arriving in the UK under the Ukraine Family Scheme, or the Ukraine Sponsorship Scheme (Homes for Ukraine) will be granted leave to remain in the UK for three years and are permitted to work under either Scheme.
  • The Tapping Potential guidelines encourage and support businesses in recruiting and employing refugees. However, the guide pre-dates the Ukraine crises and the 'right to work' section may not apply.
  • Employers must ensure they understand the rights and status of anyone they offer work to and should consult the Government's guidance or contact ACAS for further information.

For more information, please contact Talitha Degwa in our Employment Law team on 0121 227 3735, or complete the form below.

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