Immigration Act and English language

All prospective employees will be asked to supply evidence of their eligibility to work in the UK. This is part of the requirements set out in the Immigration, Asylum and Nationality Act 2006. 

We will ask to see appropriate official documents, for example, a document showing your National Insurance number, your birth certificate, passport or Home Office approved work permit.

In order for us to comply with the law, all candidates attending an interview need to bring original documents with them.

Documents to bring with you when attending an interview (PDF, 229KB)

Please note that the Council is not currently registered to issue certificates of sponsorship to Tier 2 applicants from countries outside the European Economic Area. 

English language requirement

All employees who work in public-facing roles with the Council are required to speak English to the necessary standard. This requirement is set out in the Immigration Act 2016 and will be part of our selection assessment process.

We follow guidance in the Code of Practice on the English language requirement for public sector workers

Employees should be able to speak English with confidence, using accurate sentence structures and vocabulary. In a public-facing role, you should be able to choose the right kind of vocabulary for the situation at hand without a great deal of hesitation.

Page last reviewed: 7 February 2020