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Work in the UK

Work in the UK

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Cheesy icebreaker for your first day at work?

What do the Queen, Austin Powers, and David Beckham have in common? Yes, Austin is a fictitious character from a film… but the character, along with the other two, call the UK home. 

You can call this place home, too, and spend the weekends watching football at your favourite pub with the lads. Hop on the ferry to Northern Ireland where we have great multilingual jobs in Belfast or you could catch a train out into the country for a walk in the Scottish Highlands. Or maybe you’d fancy learning to speak Welsh in your free time? 

Tax and National Insurance:

When looking to work in the UK, you will need to apply for a National Insurance number
It may take up to 12 weeks to receive your National Insurance Card. However, you can start work before you have the card, as long as you have received your National Insurance Number

National Insurance contributions vary according to your income and cover benefits such as state pension, jobseeker’s allowance, employment and support allowance, etc. 
In addition to these contributions, you will also be required to pay income tax, which can range between 10%- 50%, depending on your tax class.

This tax, or PAYE (pay as you earn), will be deducted from your salary regularly along with your NIC thoroughly outlines tax and National Insurance information. 


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To open a bank account in the UK, you’ll need to have already received your National Insurance number. You’ll also need to have proof of residency, such as bills in your name, and also proof of income from work. It may also be useful to have a letter from your home bank stating how long you have been an account holder and that you are in good credit. 

Another, an easier option would be to purchase a UK account starter package from a travelling company before you leave home. Both First Contact and Travel to Work offer such packages. 

The most commonly used banks in the UK include: 

Home, Sweet Home:

When you first arrive in the UK, it is probably easier and most cost-effective to rent a room in a shared flat, especially if you’re in an expensive location like London! These links can be useful starting points for finding a place to call home -  to relax in after a hard day at work.

If you choose to rent your own flat, you can expect to pay 1 month’s deposit and one month’s rent upfront. If you use an estate agent to find a flat, you may have to pay the agent’s fee as well. Keep in mind that on top of monthly rent, you will need to pay utilities, phone, TV licence and Council Tax. Lease agreements tend to run for either 6 months or one year. Be sure of the terms of the breaking clause in your contract in case you need to move out before the lease is up. It would be rather unpleasant to owe huge amounts of rent! 

You can also expect to sign an inventory of all the contents of the flat upon moving in, which protects you should there be claims of missing items upon moving out. 

Cool Stuff

Check out what folks say about dining, shopping, and nightlife in UK cities on Yelp
For bargains on fun stuff ranging from beauty treatments to paintball,Groupon

Interested in other destinations? We have plenty of stuff for you to read at our page work abroad.

Otherwise, just quickly browse our multilingual jobs and apply or register with us now!