Business Support

How can my business support Ukrainian refugees? 

Government guidance

The Government has confirmed that Ukrainian refugees are able to work in the UK for up to three years. Our Business Support and Development team is asking local businesses to get in touch with colleagues at the Job Centre Plus (JCP) if they are able to offer job opportunities to new arrivals from Ukraine. JCP will coordinate offers and match them to emerging needs as people start to settle in the district. If you, your family or friends are aware of any suitable local vacancies please email dawn.bere@dwp.gov.uk, and the team will add them to their list.

The Government has also provided guidance for businesses offering work to people coming from Ukraine. FAQs are also available via the webpage.

If you are offering employment opportunities, the Government asks that you complete the Vacancy information questionnaire, so they can understand more about your offer.

After you have returned the questionnaire to offerwork@homeoffice.gov.uk, your organisation will be contacted by the National Employer and Partnership Team in the Department for Work and Pensions within 5 working days, to discuss the roles available.

Job opportunities will then be shared across the DWP Jobcentre Plus network and with the Refugee Employment Network (REN), a charity which works with organisations across the UK to support refugees into work.

Information and support on recognition of professional qualifications

Ukrainian people who hold professional qualifications may need them to be recognised in the UK, if they work in a regulated profession. The UK Centre for Professional Qualifications provides a free service which explains whether a profession is regulated and any entry requirements. Call 0871 226 2850, or email offerwork@homeoffice.gov.uk

Federation of Small Business

The Federation of Small Business has also advised that they are writing to the Foreign Secretary to offer assistance to entrepreneurs and business owners who leave Ukraine to settle and set up small businesses in the UK; we will provide a link to further information for people in this situation when this is available.  

Is your business affected by the crisis?

You may have other questions about the effect of the war in Ukraine on your business – from rising fuel costs, or links to Russia in your supply chain, to cyber security (for instance, have you checked whether your business can continue to run if you experience a loss of IT - would you lose network access or the use of your business telephony)?   

  • The Government has updated its guidance for businesses who have trading arrangements with Ukraine or Russia and is advising firms to contact its Export Support Service.
  • The Government is advising businesses to review cyber security arrangements in light of the increased risk of cyber attacks.

Both the Chambers of Commerce and FSB have published helpful advice for businesses and employees who may be affected by events in Ukraine.

Please email the team with any specific queries or take a look at our Business Support web pages, where you can also sign up to our monthly Business Support e-newsletter for the latest guidance and support.  

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