You can start your own remote work from anywhere in the world.
But with the rise of virtual work platforms like Airbnb and TaskRabbit, the UK is becoming the latest jurisdiction to look to the US and Europe to set up its own “virtual” jobs market.
The UK is currently the only country in the EU to set itself apart by setting its own regulations on the recruitment of virtual jobs.
But this could change with the Government’s plans to create a “Virtual UK” in the near future.
UK-based recruiter and business development manager, Tom O’Connell, has been helping businesses set up virtual workforces for a number of years.
He says there is a lot of confusion around what a virtual job is, and that some employers are just using the word to refer to the same thing.
“A lot of people are confused because they’re trying to set a company up in the US, for example, but what they’re actually doing is setting up a job on Airbnb or TaskRabbits,” he told the BBC.
“They’re actually setting up jobs that they can’t get in the States because they can only get them through the US Department of Labor.”
What does it take to get a job?
A job usually requires you to set your own terms and conditions, such as working hours, pay, and the type of work you’re looking for.
These are then applied to a remote job application that you upload to the company and they will decide if the application meets the requirements for the job.
O’Connelly says there are three main types of virtual job applications: ‘remote’ – these can only be applied by an employer within the UK.
These often use the same language as their local job application.
‘virtual’ – this type of job application allows for employers to apply for a job anywhere in Europe, as long as they have the right permissions to do so.
These typically require the job to be held in a virtual environment, meaning you will need to pay for the privilege of working from home.
‘local’ – These job applications will only be available to employers who have a licence to do business in the country.
“The only requirement is that they’re using the local language to be able to communicate with the local job seekers,” O’Connor said.
“But it also needs to be a British company.”
How to get the right job The first step is to check if the company you’re applying to has a licence.
“In the UK, if you want to set-up a virtual work environment, the first thing you need to do is get the local licensing,” OCC told the Independent.
“If you’re a company that’s already set up, the process is simple, just go to the UK Employment Licensing Agency website and register as a company.”
If you’re unsure whether the company is a licence holder, then you can ask them to check with their local licensing authority.
If the company isn’t registered, OCC suggests you visit the UK’s website to find out more about the company, its licence status and its requirements.
“For a company like ours that’s been established, we’ll need to go to a website to get that information, and then we can then go to their website and get the information they have,” Occ said.
It is important to note that there is no requirement for companies to have a license for a virtual location to be accepted, and some companies do not even need one.
If you are considering setting up your own virtual work place, then it’s important to consider which type of company you will work for, as well as how much you can afford to pay.
“You need to make sure that you’re able to work from home,” O CC said.
If your costs are prohibitive, then some companies will set up a payment plan for you.
“That way, you can make sure you’re paying what you’re legally entitled to, and you can get into a good business, which is a very good thing for any business,” O Conell said.
What you need To start setting up virtual jobs, you’ll need: A UK-registered company that you can register in to set the terms and requirements of your work.
You can do this online or by calling your local Jobcentre Plus.
A suitable place to work, with a decent internet connection, such a coffee shop, library, or shop.
A laptop and a free internet connection.
How much to pay Depending on the job you’re seeking, you will be paid at least £60 for a month of work from £50.
You’ll also need to get permission from the local company to use their office, and to work at least 15 hours per week.
However, some companies may charge less than that.
For example, many coffee shops in the city of London will pay you for up to three months of work, or up to 12 hours per day.
“It depends on the size