In most cases (ie other than for jobs mentioned in the UK government’s shortage occupation list or for intra-company transfer positions) the employer of the work visa applicant (known as the applicant’s sponsor) will need to advertise the vacant post throughout the European Union and be able to justify appointing a non-EU migrant as opposed to an EU resident.
In most cases (ie other than for jobs mentioned in the UK government’s shortage occupation list) the work visa applicant will need to be paid a minimum annual salary prescribed by the Home Office in order to qualify for a visa.
In all cases the vacant post to be filled by the work visa applicant must be classified at difficulty level NQF 6 or above by the UK’s Home Office.
In all cases the work visa applicant will need to satisfy the mandatory English language proficiency and available funds (maintenance) requirements.
Since the UK Home Office does not recognise South Africa as a majority English speaking country, South Africans applying for a work visa will need to pass an English language proficiency test in order to qualify for a work visa.
In order for an employer to be able to sponsor a non-EU migrant the employer must hold a sponsor licence issued by the UK’s Home Office.
There is currently a cap of 20,700 work visas issued by the UK’s Home Office per annum.