Oxfam is required by law to ensure that all of our staff have the legal right to work in the country that they are employed in.
Right to work in the UK:
Our ability to gain a UK work permit for potential employees from outside the European Economic Area (EEA) depends upon several factors. This includes the type of visa a candidate may currently possess if they are already resident in the UK and the skill level of the job advertised. In certain circumstances Oxfam may help to support a candidate in their first steps to obtain a work permit if we can demonstrate that we could not recruit for a position from within the EEA.
The Home Office requires potential candidates to meet specific criteria, including qualifications, English language ability, earnings, and maintenance. These will be accessed via a points-based system. To see if you have the potential to meet the criteria, please visit the UK Border Agency website.
If a candidate is able to meet the level of points required by the Home Office and is the successful candidate for the role, Oxfam will be able to issue a Certificate of Sponsorship. A Certificate of Sponsorship from Oxfam is a unique reference number that can help individuals secure the right to work for Oxfam GB in the UK. Issuing this number is the first stage of the application process to enter and work in the UK and will support the Work Permit Application, although does not guarantee the Home Office will issue one.
Similar rules apply in many countries other than the UK.