Working Part-Time as an International Student in the UK – A Guide

Studying for a postgraduate degree can be an expensive business, and in order to have a little bit of spare cash, many students will get a part-time job. Whether or not you need to get a part-time job could depend on the university you choose, a quick look at the most cost-effective UK cities will help highlight this for you. If you do decide to work part-time alongside studying, there are a few things you need to know:

Maximum Hours Per Week:

During term time, you can work for a maximum of 20 hours per week. The sticker in your passport of your biometric residence permit (BRP) specifies the maximum number of hours you are allowed to work in a week, so always make sure you check this. Click here for more information.

National Minimum Wage:

In the UK, there is a National Minimum Wage, with different rates based on your age. These change every April, but the current rates are as follows:

25 and over = £7.50 per hour

21 – 24 = £7.05 per hour

18 – 20 = £5.60 per hour.

No matter how many hours you work, your employer must pay you at least these minimum rates per hour. Click here for more information.

National Insurance:

You need a valid National Insurance number to work in the UK. This may be printed on the back of your biometric residence permit (BRP). If it is, you do not need to apply for a new one. If there isn’t one there, you need to apply for one, and you can only do this once you have arrived in the UK. In order to get a National Insurance number, you must have the right to work or study in the UK. To apply for a National Insurance number, ring the application line on 0345 600 0643. This line is open Monday to Friday, 8am to 6pm. Click here for more information.

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What jobs can I do?

In general, you can do any kind of job, as long as you do not work over the maximum number of hours a week. There are a few restrictions on what jobs you cannot do. These include; professional sportsperson, including a sports coach, entertainer, doctor or dentist (unless you are on the foundation programme), or a full-time permanent role. You may also not be self-employed. Find out more here.

That means, there is plenty that you can do! Below are a few examples we would recommend:

Bar/restaurant work – Okay, so the pay isn’t amazing, but the hours are flexible and can easily be fitted around your studies. Tips also help to boost your bank balance somewhat! This kind or work does usually involve late nights, and slightly unsociable hours though, so if you are not a night owl, it may not be for you.

Shop work – Whether it is in your local supermarket, or favourite clothes store, there are plenty of opportunities to work in shops in the UK. This type of role will involve a lot of weekend work, so can easily be fitted around your studies, and you may even receive a store discount. This type of role often involves a lot of time on your feet though, and unhappy customers can sometimes be trying on your patience (to say the least!)

Office work – You could consider getting a part time role in an office, either in an administrative role or a junior position version of what you want to do when you graduate. This will give you a great opportunity to really develop your English language skills, and gain some experience in a professional workplace setting. However, offices tend to work 9-5 hours, Monday to Friday so you may find it more difficult to fit around your university commitments.

Or, you could become a Student Ambassador for ApplicationUK!

We are currently looking for enthusiastic, passionate, and confident students to help spread ApplicationUK’s message and what we do. The role involves flexible working hours, the chance to receive up to £100 per student you refer, and the opportunity to develop key employability skills and experiences. You will receive full career development support from your dedicated advisor, and even secure a full-time job offer for when you graduate. Find out more here.

Before you do anything more, take a look at Job Hunting 101, our handy guide to searching for, and applying to, part-time roles in the UK.

 

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