Worker Registration Scheme (WRS)

On the 30th April 2011 the Worker Registration Scheme closed meaning that nationals from the Czech Republic, Estonia, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Slovakia and Slovenia can now work in the UK without needing to first gain permission.

What was the Worker Registration Scheme?

The Worker Registration Scheme was a temporary measure that was in place between 2004 and 2011 in order to restrict incoming workers from A8 countries (see below).

Following the accession of the A8 countries to the European Union the United Kingdom decided to take an open approach to work rights (unlike Germany who chose to defer allowing nationals in to the country to work) however the Worker Registration Scheme was created to try to keep track of how many workers were actually coming in to the country to work.

Solutions for European Contractors

If you are a highly skilled IT, Engineering, Medical or Financial Services contractor from one of the former ‘A8’ countries Commonwealth Contractors may be able to help you maximise your contract retention whilst working in the UK.

To find out more about Commonwealth Contractors solutions for European Nationals call now on 0800 294 4388 or Submit your Details and we will get right back to you!

What Countries formed the ‘A8’?

The so called ‘A8’ was made up of the following countries;

  • Czech Republic
  • Estonia
  • Hungary
  • Latvia
  • Lithuania
  • Poland
  • Slovakia
  • Slovenia

Find out More

To find out more about our solutions call now on 0800 294 4388 or Submit your Details and we will get right back to you!

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