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Student Jobs in UK


According to an article by the Guardian, half the students who work during term time earn more than £100 a week. Additionally, some students even earn up to £6,000 a year. Additionally, according to the first annual survey of student finances, 52% of students work to fund their studies and living costs while studying at a UK university.
The average part-time weekly wage across the UK is £112.20 a week, but the top 15% of students take home more than £200. However, students in the east of England earn the most, at £131.70 per week on average. Those who study in Scotland are most likely to work, with two-thirds (67%) having some sort of job. Meanwhile, students in the east of England and East Midlands appear least likely to get jobs (44%).
Students rely on work to pay for some or all of their university lives, along with help from parents, debt, savings and government grants, according to the survey. Part-time work is the preferred option for most UK students, with girls more likely to work than boys (60% v 44%). Most work an average of 17.8 hours each week. Those studying in Scotland also work the longest hours, clocking up on average 20 hours of work each week. By comparison, Students in the East Midlands work the lowest number of hours per week: on average 15.2 hours. Additionally, a fourth of the working students surveyed didn’t know that they could earn money tax-free. Those with part-time jobs around the year are taxed in the same way as any other worker, usually through their salary. However, students who only work during their holidays and will not earn more than the tax threshold, £5,225, can complete form P38(S), which will ensure their wages are paid without tax deductions.  

Part-time work

A student working part-time has the same rights as a full-time employee. The UK has a National Minimum Wage (NMW) that all employers must abide by. The NMW for a student aged between 18 and 20 is £5.30 per hour; for those 21 and over, the NMW is £6.70 per hour. You can find out more about working part-time and your employment rights by contacting UKStudy advisors.

National Insurance Number

In order to work part-time while studying, a National Insurance number is required. This ensures all tax and national insurance contributions made while working are recorded correctly.

Types of student
jobs in UK

Getting a part-time job not only provides you with some extra pocket money, but is also an opportunity for you to meet other people and extend your social networks. There is a range of part-time jobs available for students. Some of the more popular part-time student jobs are in Retail, Hospitality and Seasonal jobs. Alternatively, it may be possible to find an internship with a company that is relevant to the subject you are studying. In certain circumstances interns who carry out work for an employer may be entitled to the National Minimum Wage.

Student Work in UK Universities

Part-time student work can also be found on campus. During the summer, professors may be looking for research assistants, or there might be some work in a university facility such as the library. The National Association of Student Employment Services has useful guidance for international students seeking part-time work.

What is Volunteer student work in UK?

Volunteering is also an option for the spare time in between study, work and travel. There are plenty of clubs and societies on campus to join and volunteer at events.

Working While Studying in UK

You are allowed to work while studying if you study at a university or college that is listed on both the official UKVI Sponsor list and the list of ‘recognized bodies’. International students who study a full-time undergraduate or postgraduate degree course at a recognized university are allowed to work part-time during term for up to 20 hours a week and full-time during the holidays. If your course is at a lower level, you study at a further education college or your institution is not listed on the lists above, you will not be allowed to work during your studies. Also, please note that there are no working restrictions for students from the European Union (EU).

Part-time Student Jobs in London

There are thousands of part-time student jobs in London to help support your studies. Many universities have careers and work placement centers to help you find employment. A part-time job will earn you additional money and give you vital extra skills, such as teamwork – great for your CV.

Post-Graduation work in UK

London has eight universities in the top ten UK universities with the best starting salaries for graduates. As an international city, London has fantastic links with blue-chip companies in all industries. The city's universities have some of the highest graduate employment rates in the UK. Whether you return home or stay in the UK, a London degree will boost your CV and make you stand out in a crowd.

Non-EU Students and Work Visas

Non-EU students who wish to remain in the UK after they have graduated must apply for a work visa from UK Visa and Immigration (UKVI). There are several types of work visa in the UK depending on the nature of your profession, which include Tier-1, Tier-4 and Tier-5. Find out more about UK student visas and the latest changes on the UK Student Visa page on our website. In addition, you can contact UKStudy’s expert advisers for further information regarding student work conditions in the UK, via the link below.

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