KNOWLEDGE BASE UK Resources: Employment, Visas, FDI, Statistics, Global Rankings


We have compiled a list of government and global resources to help you learn more about UK, its employment and visas regulations, people, foreign direct investment organization, and aspects of doing business in the country. Use this information to help you make informed decisions about locating your business, or a division of your business, in UK.


Government Resources 

Government Website - The official web portal of the UK government

Office for National Statistics - Official site for UK's national statistics

Department for International Trade - They secure UK and global prosperity by promoting and financing international trade and investment, and championing free trade.

Invest in Great Britain & Northern Ireland- The Department for International Trade helps overseas companies locate and grow in the UK.

Based in British embassies, high commissions and consulates in cities around the world, their investment services team can:

  • Help you to build connections with businesses across your sector

  • Assist with visa applications and other immigration issues

  • Help you find grants and incentives to help your business to grow

  • Advise on hiring staff, from salary benchmarking through recruitment and training

  • Share insights into specific markets based on your needs

London & Partners - London & Partners is the Mayor of London's official promotional agency.

They exist to support the Mayor’s priorities by promoting London internationally as a leading world city in which to invest, work, study and visit.

Their work helps achieve ‘good growth’ for London and Londoners, as outlined in the Mayor’s economic development strategy.

They do this by focusing on:

  • Building London's international reputation

  • Attracting international audiences and convincing them to choose London

  • Guiding international audiences to make the most of all that London has to offer

  • Helping to retain and grow London’s businesses

Invest In EU - Invest in EU is the essential resource for modern investors seeking to learn more about Europe’s unique investment opportunities. Through the Invest in EU magazine, portal and weekly newsletter, we aim to market and analyse investment destinations, various industry sectors & investment opportunities in Europe(EU).  


Data Privacy and Data Security Resources

GDPR Portal - This website is a resource to educate the public about the main elements of the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR).

Data Protection Act - The Data Protection Act controls how your personal information is used by organisations, businesses or the government.


Employment Related Resources

UK Government information regarding employment -  Employing People

Eurofound- European Foundation for the Improvement of Living and Working Conditions

International Labour Organization – UK country profile – This United Nations agency is a database of national labour, social security, and related human rights legislation

World Economic Forum Human Capital Report – UK  – The Human Capital Report seeks to provide a holistic assessment of a country’s human capital—both current and expected—across its population. In this report, ‘human capital’ is defined as the skills and knowledge people possess that enables them to create value in the global economic system. Comparisons can be made across income groups, generations, and regions.

Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) Human Resources Management Country Profiles – UK – The OECD summarizes public sector human resource management practices and policies in OECD member and partner countries on a number of topics.


Global Reports and Rankings 

World Economic Forum Global Competitiveness Index - UK - This annual index ranks over 130 countries on their relative competitiveness across a number of indices: Basic Requirements, Efficiency Enhancers, and Innovation and Sophistication Factors. Each country has its own profile with subindex scores and trends over time.

World Bank Group Doing Business Report - UK - This annual report rates and ranks 190 countries on their ease of doing business. A high ease of doing business ranking means the regulatory environment is more conducive to the starting and operation of a local firm. Each country's profile contains information on things such as taxes, time to set up a business, and trading across borders.

World Bank Group Worldwide Governance Indicators - This project reports aggregate and individual governance indicators for over 200 countries and territories from 1996–2016. It covers six dimensions of governance, including Voice and Accountability, Political Stability and Absence of Violence, Government Effectiveness, Regulatory Quality, Rule of Law, and Control of Corruption.

World Economic Forum Global Information Technology Report - UK - The Global Information Technology Report features the latest iteration of the Networked Readiness Index. The Networked Readiness Index assesses the factors, policies, and institutions that enable a country to fully leverage information and communication technologies (ICTs) for increased competitiveness and well-being.

World Economic Forum Global Gender Gap Report - UK  - The World Economic Forum uses the Global Gender Gap Report to quantify the magnitude of gender disparities and tracks their progress over time. It places a specific focus on the relative gaps between women and men across four key areas: health, education, economy, and politics.

Transparency International Corruption Perceptions Index - Every year, Transparency International publishes a report on perceived public sector corruption around the world. Transparency International looks at a number of areas where corruption can take place, such as education, and defense and security.

World Bank Open Data - UK - Free and open access to global development data - The site is designed to make World Bank data easy to find, download, and use. All of the data found here can be used free of charge with minimal restrictions. – Find, compare, and share the latest OECD data for the UK.

World Factbook - UK - This US government resource compiles data about each country, including historical background, geography, people and society, government, economy, energy, communications, transportation, military and security, and transnational issues.

Google Consumer Barometer - Use the Google Consumer Barometer to learn about how people around the world use the internet - from connectivity levels, to what devices they use to access the internet, to online product research and shopping patterns, to social media platforms, plus much more. Data in the Consumer Barometer is pulled from two sources - the core Consumer Barometer questionnaire, which is focused on the adult online population, and Connected Consumer Study, which seeks to enumerate the total adult population and is used to weight the Consumer Barometer results.

  • Graph Builder - UK – Build your own graphs using the parameters you choose

  • Trended Data - UK – View connectivity trends over time for the internet, smartphones, computers, and tablets

  • Curated Insights – UK – See curated insights for the online and multiscreen world, online, local, and international shopping, and online video consumption.

KNOWLEDGE BASE UK Resources: Employment, Visas, FDI, Statistics, Global Rankings