3 Differences Between Working in Canada vs UK – In recent times, Canada has been a top destination for immigrants around the world and this is because of the numerous benefits you stand to gain working and living in the country. There are a lot of better employment opportunities in Canada and if you are coming here to find greener pastures, then you are not on the wrong path.
But Canada is not the only country that immigrants are opting for when it comes to immigrating; UK is another country that immigrants love immigrating to and this is because UK also offers a lot of benefits as Canada with also a better quality of live.
You might seem confused as to which country to choose between Canada and UK and how to can start making your move with the choice you make; well we are here to show you three differences between working in Canada and UK. The two countries offer you several enticing benefits but which country is better? We will be dealing with that in this article so do well to read this article to the end.
3 main differences between working in Canada vs the UK
- Better and favouable work hours
Canada offers you a whole lot of wonderful work benefits and not only that, you also get to enjoy a favourable work environment and minimum wage too. In Canada, you get to work for lesser number of hours and this is on an average of about 30-35 hours per week and eight hours per day. Sometimes, the maximum amount of hours that you can work as an employee is about 48hours as against the standard hours of 40hours and so if your work hours exceeds the standard hours, you are entitled to be paid an overtime rate of 1.5times the regular hourly rate.Related Articles
In the UK on the other hand, you get to work for an average of 40-42hours per week and no employee is expected to work more than 48hours in a week. Research has showed that employees in Canada work the longest in Europe.
So you see one reason working in Canada is going to be a better choice than the UK.
- Better work benefits
Working in Canada means you are entitled to some wonderful work benefits like annual leave, paid paternal leave and also sick leave. Let’s look at some of the various work benefits you get to enjoy while working in Canada and we hope this will also help you in making your choice as to which country to work in. You will also enjoy these benefits even if you are self-employed though in the UK, you also get to enjoy some work benefits that are similar to Canada but in a different way.
Let’s see the comparison below…
|Benefits of Working in Canada in 2021|
|Sickness benefits||You get up to 15 weeks of financial aid if you can’t work for medical reasons (55% of earning up to a maximum of $595 per week)|
|Maternity and Parental Benefits||Standard Parental Benefit – you get up to 40 weeks but 1 parent can’t get more than 35 weeks of standard benefits (55% of earning up to a maximum of $595 per week)|
Extended Parental Benefit – Up to 69 weeks but 1 parent can’t get more than 61 weeks of extended benefits (33% of earning up to a maximum of $357 per week)
|Employer Insurance||If you lose your job as a result of shortage of work, mass retrenchment of workers or no job even when you are available to work|
|Annual Leave Benefits||This depends on the duration of your employment or how long you have worked for the company. For instance, If you have worked for a company for less than five years you can legally take two weeks of paid vacation. This will eventually increase to three weeks once you have worked at a company for five years|
|Caregiving Benefits||Family Caregiver Benefit for Children – Up to 35 weeks|
Family Caregiver Benefit for Adults – Up to 15 weeks
Compassionate Care Benefits – Up to 26 weeks
|Benefits of Working in the U.K. in 2021|
|Sickness benefits||You get £96.35 per week Statutory Sick Pay (SSP) if you’re too ill to work for up to 28 weeks.|
|Maternity and Parental Benefits||Statutory maternity leave is 52 weeks (paid up to 39 weeks at 90% of average weekly earnings for first 6 weeks and £151.97 or 90% of your average weekly earnings (whichever is lower) for the next 33 weeks) Ordinary Maternity Leave – first 26 weeks|
Additional Maternity Leave – last 26 weeks. It is compulsory to take at least 2 weeks
Shared parental leave – £151.97 a week or 90% of your average weekly earnings, whichever is lower
|Employer Insurance||Jobseekers Allowance (JSA) up to 24 years old = up to £59.20 and 25 years or older = up to £74.70 weekly|
Universal Credit if you’re on a low income or out of work
Pension Credit – housing benefits (rent), Support for Mortgage Interest (own), Council Tax reduction, free TV license, help with NHS dental treatment, glasses and transport costs for hospital, heating costs for those over 75 years old.
|Annual Leave Benefits||Most people who work a 5-day week must receive at least 28 days’ paid annual leave a year or 5.6 weeks paid holiday a year|
- Better Job and Immigration Opportunities
The thing is, these two countries offer great job opportunities to immigrants although Canada offers better in this aspect too. Foreign workers especially the skilled professionals are at a better advantage of getting jobs that are in-demand in Canada.
For the skilled workers, the two countries offer immigration opportunities to skilled workers like we have said earlier but Canada has one of the fastest and easiest immigration program between the two. The Canada’s Express Entry System is one of the fastest programs to immigrate to Canada and it is easier for foreign skilled workers as you don’t need a job offer to qualify for the program.
For seasonal workers, Canada has a program that allows workers to work for up to 9months in Canada although it is for the Seasonal Agricultural Workers. Working in Canada as a temporary worker will boost your chances of gaining permanent residence in the future as you would’ve gain Canadian work experience which will qualify you to apply for permanent residence either through Express Entry System or Provincial Nominee Program.
For the health workers, Canada has various programs for health workers as this is a major sector of the country. These programs allow healthcare workers to come into Canada and join the workforce in the health sector whether you are going through the federal program or Provincial Nominee Program.
The UK currently has a program for healthcare workers with job offer from the NHS (National Health Service).
How to Get Visa to Work in Canada
You can get to move to Canada to work whether on a temporary or permanent basis. The Canadian government has extended its immigration target to about 1.23million immigrants from 2021 to 2023 and in a bid to meet up this target; it has designed a lot of immigration programs in the country to help immigrants come into the country.
For you to get visa to work in Canada, you will have to follow the right path and information to make your visa application process easy. Let’s put you through on how to go about it.
- Choose the best work permit for you
The Canadian work permit is of two types and you certainly cannot apply for the two at once so you will have to pick the one that suits you better. Let’s look at these two work permit and how you can apply for them.
- Open work permit
- Employer-specific or closed work permit
The open work permit is a work permit that allows you to work for any employer in Canada anywhere in Canada. With this work permit, you are not restricted to a particular employer, job position or province.
The employer-specific work permit restricts you to working for a particular employer in Canada as it also restricts you to a particular province or job position. Here, you will need a Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA) to apply for the permit. This is a document issued by the Employment and Social Development Canada (ESDC) showing that there are no Canadian citizens or permanent residents of Canada available to take up a job position and that it why the employer is hiring a foreign worker.
- Are you eligible to move to Canada?
For you to actually get a visa anywhere in the work, you will need to meet some requirements and Canada is no exception. In as much as Canada is one of the best countries to immigrate to, you will have to know if you are eligible for the work visa you are going for. Let’s look at the requirements that will make you eligible for the Canadian work visa.
The requirements are:
- You must be at least 18 years old
- You must have a work experience and if you gain work experience in Canada during your stay in Canada, you can apply for a permanent residence
- You must prove that you will leave Canada after your work permit expires
- You must be in good health
- You must have no criminal record
- You may need an LMIA, depending in the type of work visa especially if it is an employer-specific work permit
- Submit your application
You must have decided on the work permit you want to apply for and have also checked if you are eligible and meet the requirements; the next step is to apply and submit your application. The best way to apply for the work permit is to do it online instead of applying through the mail or courier service. Applying online helps you to save time and you won’t have to pay certain fees like the courier fee. Doing it online, you will just have to upload all your documents as part of the requirements for the application.