Ukrainian nationals: getting a job
This page contains information about employment for those arriving in Northern Ireland from Ukraine and how to get a professional qualification recognised in the UK.
Getting a job
You have the right to work as soon as you arrive in Northern Ireland, having been granted a UK Visa.
- to look for a job, you can use a website called NIJobs.com to be connected with thousands of employers
- Careers Service give careers information, advice and guidance to people living in Northern Ireland
- you can search for employment at Jobs and Benefits offices or visit your local office, or search at JobApplyNI
Information on employment rights and responsibilities can be found on the Labour Relations Agency website:
Right to Work checks
Prospective employers will ask you to show proof that you have the right to work in the UK.
If you have already received your BRP, this can be given as proof. If you are still waiting for your BRP, you can show any of the following:
The UK Entry Stamp in your passport which is valid for six months
The visa approval email from either Home Office or Drumkeen Surgery. It is possible that your sponsor received this email rather than you. If you do not have a copy of this, ask your sponsor to forward
A ‘share code’. This is a digital certificate provided by the Home Office which confirms your right to work. This is an online process which can be accessed here: Prove your right to work to an employer. You will need your passport or national identity card number to complete the process.
If you have a professional qualification
If you are resident in Northern Ireland and need to check your qualifications against UK equivalents, you can access the free Qualification Equivalence Service by contacting your local Jobs and Benefits Office. You can find the contact details for your local office at the following page:
To use this service you will need to have a copy of your qualification certificate or details of this.
If you have a professional qualification, you will need to have this qualification officially recognised if you want to work in a profession that is regulated in the UK.
It will need to be recognised by the appropriate regulator for your profession. You will need to do this even if you are doing temporary or one-off work.
The UK Centre for Professional Qualifications (UK CPQ) is a free service that can give you information to help get your qualifications recognised in the UK.
The UK CPQ website has more information, like whether a profession is regulated and the entry rules. The UK CPQ service enquiry service can be contacted on:
- phone: 0871 226 2850
There are over 200 regulated professions in the UK.
A list of the regulated professions and the associated regulators is also on the UK Government website: