Yocket Editorial Team
Updated on 28 December, 2018

Work Opportunities in the UK

As a student in the United Kingdom, you can work upto 20 hours per week and full-time during holidays, if you are on a study abroad programme in a recognized university. The National Minimum wage for a student aged between 16 to 20 is £5.3 per hour, and for 21 or above is £6.7 per hour. Across UK, on an average, the students manage to earn about  £112.20 per week.

What kind of student jobs can you do?

It may not be easy to get hold of your first job. Students use Indeed.com and various other local websites to find jobs but most of the times, it requires in-person visits and taking follow-ups politely. There are various options depending on what suits you and what you get hold of:

  1. At a cafe, restaurant, back office, store, malls, supermarkets, gas stations, etc.
  2. Social Media Jobs: Companies pay students to create and manage their social media profiles. If you know how to have the skills to do digital marketing, you can get paid a lot of money here.
  3. Freelance Jobs: If you have a skill, you can share it on Youtube or make a course online
  4. Tutoring: You need to pre-apply for this. If there is a research opportunity, you can work with a professor as their assistant.

What are my employment rights as a student working in the UK?

One can report to Employee Tribunal if treated unfairly.

  1. You are entitled to the National Minimum Wage.
  2. You must get paid as an intern even if the same company has offered you a future full-time position.
  3. You are entitled to equal pay rates, sick-leaves, maternity, paternity and other holidays by the company.
  4. You are entitled to training and development events, and career breaks.
  5. Monetary benefits are to be given on pro-rata basis. For example: If a full-time employee gets 1000 pounds bonus, part-time must get 500 pounds.
  6. You are not entitled to overtime pay unlike full-time workers.
  7. One can justify not having your health insurance because you are part-time.
  8. Interns may not entitled to payment in case of unpaid student internships, school work experience placements (under 16 years of age) and volunteer work.
  9. If the intern just has to shadow another employee, they may not get paid.

Read More about Your Rights as a Part-Time Worker in the UK

How long can I stay and find work in the UK after my Graduation ends?

You can work full-time after your graduation until the stipulated number of month/s depending on the type of your degree.

Type of Course

Total Length of Course

Length of Stay Allowed

Main course of study (Undergrad or Masters)

12 months or more

The duration of the course plus 4 months, or 6 months if you are participating in the Tier 4 Pilot

More than 6 months but less than 12 months

The duration of the course plus 2 months after the end of the course

Less than 6 months

The duration of the course plus 7 days after the end of the course

Pre-sessional course (academic courses aimed at bringing international students at par)

12 months or more

The duration of the course plus four months after the end of the course

Six months or more, but less than 12 months

The duration of the course plus one month after the end of the course

Get More details on the different Types of Visas You Can Apply For After Graduation.

Work Opportunities after Graduation in the UK.

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