Top 5 Companies Helping Professionals Live and Work in the UK


If you are from out of the country but want to live and work in the UK, you’re going to need a Tier 2 visa. The good news is that a lot of companies are offering these visas, particularly to highly skilled professionals who have the talent and abilities they are searching for.

If you want to know which companies are the best to work for in the UK, here are five of the largest companies in the country that also offer Tier 2 (and Tier 5, in some cases) work visas:


HSBC is currently the largest company in the UK, with assets estimated in the range of $1.5 trillion. HSBC Holdings PLC does offer Tier 2 work visas, making it one of the best companies to apply to if you are a professional with skills in mathematics, analytics, money management, investments, etc. It’s not only the largest company in the UK, but it’s actually the second largest bank in the entire world.

2. BP

British Petroleum is the third largest company in the UK, and is one of the six major petroleum companies in the world. It has an estimated yearly sales revenue hovering around $250 billion, and profits near $23 billion every year. It offers Tier 2 (A rating) and Tier 2 (General) visas, providing professionals with a way to live and work in the entire UK – including Scotland, where most of the drilling is done.

3. BHP Billiton

BHP Billiton International Services Limited is not only the largest mining and materials companies in the country, but in the entire world – in terms of revenue, at least. Profits were estimated at around $11 billion a few years ago, and that has only increased since 2010. Thankfully, the mining company offers professionals with the right careers a Tier 2 (A rating) and Tier 2 (General) visa, allowing them to live in the UK while working.

4. Lloyd’s

As one of the oldest and largest banking establishments in the UK, Lloyd’s is a well-known and respected company – one of the top ten largest in the country, in fact. Profits are well above the $5 billion mark and, a few years ago, the company had a market value in the range of $60 billion! Tier 2 (A rating) and Tier 2 (General) visas are available via Lloyd’s of London, and those fortunate enough to have the right education will find that they can get a job at one of the most prestigious establishments in the country.

5. GlaxoSmithKline

GSK is one of the largest pharmaceutical companies not just in the UK, but also the world. It ranks sixth in revenue, and has a primary listing on the London Stock Exchange. In 2014, it had the fourth largest marketing capitalization in the country, and manufactures some of the top-selling drugs in the country. Both Tier 2 (A rating) and Tier 2 (General) visas are available for GSK employees.

See also: Top 10 Richest People in the UK

All of these companies will allow you to work and live in the UK, helping you obtain the proper visa. Definitely worth considering!