Kingsley Napley LLP's immigration team has learnt that JobCentre Plus is now assigning SOC Codes to roles it advertises, without always consulting employers first.

A SOC Code is now an obligatory part of an advert on the medium. Employers advertising roles that do not obviously fit within a particular SOC Code should liaise with JobCentre Plus about how their jobs will be presented on the site.

Tier 2 registered sponsors wishing to recruit someone from outside the EEA to a skilled role where the salary package is less than £150,000pa must advertise that role for four weeks on the JobCentre Plus website. This is a required part of the Resident Labour Market Test, which must be completed before a position can be given to an individual under Tier 2 (General).