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Guidance and FAQs

Job platform for refugees

Why hire refugees?

The UK unemployment rate is at a near-record low, with employers struggling to find candidates for vacancies. Refugees are often eager to access the labour market, but often face some small barriers that prevent them from doing so. These include; a lack of experience writing and tailoring CVs for the UK labour market, a lack of experience interview in UK interview formats and limited experience in the UK due to their refugee status. At Seek, we help refugees get over these small barriers, allowing them to successfully join the labour market and have a positive impact in the workforce.


People often underestimate the skills, experience and abilities of refugees. Studies have shown that a significant number are highly skilled (University educated or above). The majority speak English to a medium or high level.


By recruiting refugees, your organisation can benefit from candidates that have relevant skills/experience and this eagerness to work. Surveys have shown that refugees often have higher retention rates than other employees. Another survey showed that 80% of those that had hired refugees were satisfied with the candidates work.


We now know the importance of diversity in the workforce. Diverse teams are 33% more likely to outperform competitors. It has also been shown that there is a strong positive correlation between diversity and collaboration, as well as retention rates. Every person that has come to the UK has a different story and background, and candidates have a wide range of differing skills and expertise. Candidates often bring a fresh pair of eyes to companies and can bring innovative and enterprising problem-solving skills.

Frequently asked questions:

1. Who is a refugee?

The UN Refugee Convention says a refugee is a person that has a well-founded “fear of being persecuted for reasons of race, religion, nationality, membership of a particular social group, or political opinion, is outside the country of his nationality, and is unable to or, owing to such fear, is unwilling to avail himself of the protection of that country” A person must apply for refugee status in the UK. If successful, they are given ‘leave to remain’ in the UK which means they can legally live and work here.

2. Can refugees work in the UK?

After being granted refugee status, refugees can obtain a National Insurance number and have full rights to live and work in the UK. Anyone who is granted permission to remain in the UK as a refugee has unrestricted access to the labour market. A refugee may demonstrate their work entitlement through their Biometric Residence Permit or Immigration Status Document (an older form of document issued to refugees and certain other categories of migrant prior to the introduction of the Biometric Residence Permit). A refugee can simply demonstrate their right to work in the same way as a non-EEA national. All refugees issued with a Biometric Residence Permit are able to use the Home Office online checking service to evidence their right to work. https://www.gov.uk/view-right-to-work

3. Can I check a refugee’s documents in person if I don’t want to do it online?

Yes. You can check the refugee’s documents in person. If the person cannot show you any documents because of an outstanding appeal, review or application with the Home Office you can use the Home Office Employer Checking Service to confirm their right to work. https://bit.ly/1Aqa6h

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