Would the requirement for employers to pay to hire European citizens apply in case of employees with settled/pre-settled status?

The requirement to apply for a work visa, and for your employer to have a sponsorship licence, only applies for new arrivals from 1 January 2021, who do not qualify to apply to the EU Settlement Scheme as joining family members.


Therefore it will not affect EU citizens resident in the UK before this date, or to those who arrive later but are eligible to apply for (pre-)settled status as joining family members.

You can continue to work and change jobs freely if you have (pre-) settled status.