The United Kingdom
Tower Bridge, The United Kingdom includes England, Scotland, Northern Ireland and Wales. It is the fifth biggest economy in the world and the second largest within Europe.
All UK employers must deduct income tax from their employees’ wages (how much tax your employee pays varies according to the amount of their earnings). There are also employer and employee contributions for National Insurance (NI), which is similar to social security as know in most countries. All taxes and the National Insurance are withheld via the HM Revenue and Customs (also known as HMRC), using an automated system called Pay As You Earn (PAYE).
The United Kingdom has very tight and strongly regulated labor laws. The United Kingdom is one of the safest countries to work in because of its strict monitoring of labor disputes. A few of the factors that are considered when forming the labor laws includes:
- Discrimination of age
- Equal pay
- Parental leave
There are the following categories of visas in the United Kingdom, with various forms of visa types within a category:
- Work visas – T1, T2, and T5
- Study visas
- Family visas
- Visitor visas
Some specific requirements apply to the issuance of work permits in the United Kingdom. Employees must obtain skilled worker visas that allow them to stay in the United Kingdom for a period of five years. Renewals up to a total of five years are possible. Visa holders can apply to settle permanently in the United Kingdom after five years and have the legal right to work, study and live permanently, as well as access to benefits.
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