With the opportunity of moving to the UK from Australia/New Zealand for work arising again post-pandemic, we are looking forward to working with candidates to help them on their journey! This reopening aligns with the current demand from UK employers, with antipodeans possessing many skills that are desired in the current market.

At Cedar, we have previous experience and knowledge in placing candidates into their first UK industry role. Cedar has successfully placed countless numbers of individuals and has continued to support them through their career moves in the UK. Those placements have included some of the most dynamic companies across Commerce, Financial Services, Professional Services, and the Public Sector, from SMEs to listed blue-chip companies.

We understand and appreciate that moving to the UK is a big decision and our priority is to make sure that is as easy and stress-free as possible. Therefore, we meet all our candidates (in this instance virtually), to understand their personalities, criteria, and skillsets, enabling us to match them to the right opportunities. We will support you throughout every step of your process, from the very early stages to beyond when you have been placed.

There are many considerations and arrangements to be made before moving to the UK. Therefore, we have constructed some key information to give you the first step in planning your move.

Visa routes

Eligibility will be the first consideration when assessing whether you are applicable for a visa. The UK government site is the best source for up-to-date information to assess which visa or sponsorship route is suitable for you.

  • Points-based immigration system​

One of the changes faced after Brexit is that the UK has introduced a new immigration system. The new points-based system ensures that all EU and non-EU citizens will be treated equally when applying for a visa. The new points-based immigration system is based upon an individual’s skill set, this is then transferred into points. Visas will be distributed to those who have ranked the most points. With this shift in priority, Antipodeans will have easier access to obtaining visas.

  • Skilled Worker visa

‘A Skilled Worker visa allows you to come to or stay in the UK to do an eligible job with an approved employer.’ GOV.UK. There are certain requirements either mandatory or tradeable that must be met to qualify. You can access a list of rules and requirements needed to be eligible for a skilled worker visa here.

  • Youth Mobility Scheme visa

The Youth Mobility Scheme is open to those who want to live or work in the UK for up to 2 years. This visa type is only available to those aged 18-30. If you wish to find out other criteria that must be met, check the eligibility criteria here.

The Youth Mobility Scheme visa was recently replaced by the Youth Mobility Scheme visa (T5) if that is a past visa type you are familiar with. To find further details click here.

  • UK Ancestry visa

The UK Ancestry visa is available to those over the age of 18 and to those who have at least one grandparent born in the UK, the Channel Islands, or the Isle of man. The visa allows you to live and work in the UK for up to 5 years.

To check for other eligibility requirements, click here. To find further details click here.

Preparing your CV

The initial step to take when preparing your CV is differentiating Australian/New Zealand and UK qualifications. Understanding the translations/equivalents of these is key in applying this to your CV.

To find out how the UK qualification systems work and a list of qualification levels, click here.

Finding the right recruiter

The most efficient way to secure a job is through a specialist recruitment consultancy. Selecting the right recruitment agency is crucial in ensuring that your attributes, experiences, and needs are represented correctly. Trusting the consultant, you work with is a vital part of the selection process. Their role is to handle and distribute your private information (including passport details) and CV.

At Cedar, we offer specialist recruitment consultancy operating Finance, Transformation, Public Practice, Tax, Procurement & Supply-Chain. Cedar offers highly effective bespoke recruitment solutions to clients in the private, public, and not-for-profit markets. Cedar places a high value on our candidate and client relationships, providing honesty, openness and on doing what we say we will.


Many of the visa types require you to pay the healthcare surcharge which you should include in your total costs. Specifically, the surcharge applies to anyone who stays for longer than a 6-month period. This entitles you to access to free NHS hospital treatment in England. This cost is £470 or £624 (dependant on visa type) per year, but may be subject to change so make sure you stay updated here to follow any of the changes. The government provides an online calculator to offer guidance if needed.

*This excludes dental care and optical and eye care.

Paying tax

Paying tax on your income is a requirement included in your visa. The several types of income include wages, benefits, pension, and savings interest. You are more than likely coming over to work with an employer or through a recruitment agency with your visa type. Therefore, these processes are taken care of through Pay as You Earn (PAYE) and the deduction directly from your pay cheque.

*This is not the case for self-employed people.

If you have either arrived in the UK looking for a role or are planning on coming to the UK, please talk to a member of the Cedar team on 0203 002 8050 or email interim@cedarrecruitment.com