Learn about remote work in the UK thanks to Horizons’ up-to-date guide.
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The number of people working from home has more than doubled when compared to pre-pandemic levels, according to official homeworking statistics for the UK. In 2022, 30.6% of workers worked from home, compared to 14.5% in 2019.
The UK does not have a specific provision for remote workers (unlike, for example, Spain’s remote working law). However, visitors are permitted to undertake activities in the UK relating to their employment overseas. This may include taking phone calls or sending emails. The main purpose of the trip must be for a permitted activity, and the visitor cannot come to the UK specifically for the purpose of working remotely. If they are working remotely, they must be genuinely employed overseas and not seeking work in the UK.
The UK is a great place to work remotely for a number of reasons. First, there is a good infrastructure in place for remote working, with fast internet speeds and good mobile coverage. Second, the time difference between the UK and other parts of the world is relatively small, making it easy to stay in touch with colleagues and clients. Finally, English is the main language spoken in the UK, which makes it easier to communicate with people from all over the world. All of these factors make the UK an ideal place to work remotely.
However, remote workers in the UK must already have the right to live in the UK or must be in the UK for a permitted activity as the main purpose of their visit.
There are several options for hiring remote workers in the UK:
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