Work in the UK

WP_20141019_011Today I will share some information about work in the UK so please feel free to comment and share any tips or experience you have had related to the topic. To find a job in the UK you need to be motivated and hard working. The minimal requirements to get hired are actually quite simple:

  1. Work permission, unless you are UK or EU citizen
  2. National insurance number 
  3. UK Bank account
  4. Disclosure and Barring Services (DBS) certificate which is basically a criminal record check and usually the fee for having one is covered by your employer
  5. English language certificate (e.g. IELTS, TOEFL, FCE, CAE etc.)
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In addition to the requirements mentioned above you need a CV, sometimes a motivational letter explaining why you want to do a specific job, and one or two references from previous employers if you have had previous work experience. Often you would have to pass an interview and sometimes employers give tests on interview days. I remember when I applied for a job in a big supermarket they were asking questions about the history of the supermarket, number of supermarkets in the UK and around Europe etc. That is why always expect the unexpected. Sometimes you might think that applying for a job in the local shop would be easy, however, they might give you a maths test on the interview day. If you are applying for a job that requires a degree then it is likely that the process might be a bit longer as there could be additional requirements. For example, if you have a degree from abroad in Pharmacy and you want to work as a Pharmacist in the UK then you need to register on the General Pharmaceutical Council (GPhC) Register first. Some of you might need to get a working visa if you come from outside the EU. But don’t lose hope. It’s possible to get a job in the UK as long as you are determined to be successful and not give up.

Once you have passed through all the requirements, interviews, exams and you have got the job, you might wonder about the pay. Well, the minimal pay per hour can be found here: https://www.gov.uk/national-minimum-wage-rates

P.S. Today I had my first day working as a First Aider on the rugby pitch. I had to assist casualties with some minor injuries and make sure everyone is alright. The weather was very cold, however, the game was great and UEA women’s rugby team won the game. Congratulations UEA!

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