Does an employer need a sponsor licence to employ EEA nationals who have settled or pre-settled status?

No, employers will not need a sponsor licence to employ an individual who has settled or pre-settled status. A European Economic Area (EEA) or Swiss national who has been granted settled or pre-settled status has the right to work in the UK under the new immigration system in place from 1 January 2021, without being sponsored by an employer and without obtaining further immigration permission.

Irish nationals have the right to work in the UK and do not need to apply for settled or pre-settled status.