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At Atkins, we recognise our business is built from global talent and we actively seek a diverse workforce. We welcome all applications from all candidates, but it is essential you have the right to work in the UK. There are some restrictions to some areas of our business, so please check them on the job description before you apply.

In limited circumstances, where we are able to satisfy the Resident Labour Market Test (RLMT) and a visa application can be made from within the UK, we may be able to sponsor a Tier 2 (General) visa for you to obtain the right to work. If you are currently holding a Tier 4 (General) Student visa your application is likely to be exempt from the RLMT and will therefore be progressed within our standard recruitment process.

Any employment offer made by Atkins is contingent upon you obtaining and maintaining the right to work and reside legally in the UK. You will need to notify us immediately if there are any changes to your immigration status following your application submission. 

In order for Atkins to offer sponsorship for a Tier 2 visa, you must have *successfully completed one of these qualifications from your student visa prior to your employment start date if you want to switch from a Tier 4 (General) to a Tier 2 (General) visa:

  • A UK Bachelor's degree
  • A UK Masters degree
  • A Postgraduate Certificate in education
  • A Professional Graduate Diploma of Education
  • Completed a minimum of 12 months study in the UK towards a UK PhD

*Successful completion is having received your final degree grade. 

It is your responsibility to check the regulations of the UK Border Agency. Please note that once you have completed your course, we advise you not to travel outside of the UK until you receive your Tier 2 visa. There is a risk that the UK authorities may refuse you re-entry to the UK to study your course. If refused entry you may lose your eligibility to apply for a Tier 2 General visa. We would therefore advise you to remain in the UK between completing your studies and your start date with Atkins.

Although we are not able to provide sponsorship for internships and fixed-term placements, if you're in full-time education in the UK under the Tier 4 (General) category, current regulations may permit temporary employment during holiday periods or as part of your studies. 

Need more information?

For further advice and guidance, please visit the UK Visas and Immigration website at

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