I am an EU citizen (non-Irish) with a non-EU spouse, currently living within the EU. Here my spouse has very similar rights to myself: they can work in any type of job without needing a special visa, and they could even continue working and support me if I were to lose my job. They are covered by my public health insurance (although this may be specific to the country in which we are staying). After having worked for a sufficient amount of time, they become eligible for unemployment benefits.
I am considering to move to the UK for an academic job (indefinite contract). In short, I am trying to understand what would change for my spouse in terms of:
- Right to work (will my spouse be allowed to work?)
- Access to work (perhaps only some types of skilled/unskilled work is accessible to them?)
- Access to social security (health insurance, unemployment benefits, etc.)
- Additional costs stemming from not being a UK citizen (extra fees, different taxation, etc.?)
Please provide trustworthy references when possible. I find it difficult to get the answers to all these questions in the post-Brexit chaos.