If you are an EU National you are entitled to live and work in the United Kingdom for as long as you like.
It is advisable that you find a job before your arrival. You can visit the websites we listed below in this article, where you will find a comprehensive information package that will suit your needs.
You need a work permit if you are not an EU National. Your prospective employer should apply for your work permit, and then issue the original to you since you will need it to enter the U.K. You can find more information on this subject at www.workpermit.co.uk
The process is not complicated, but often U.K. companies are afraid of the unknown! So you should try to do most of the paperwork yourself so they are left with the easy part of the job. The above website offers you a great deal of information on how to apply for a working permit.
> FINDING A JOB
The current employment situation in the United Kingdom is very promising. The unemployment levels have been brought down to the lowest for years by the Labour government. The job market is equally encouraging for those fluent in foreign languages, notably in the financial market. Banks, especially, are extremely keen to recruit those with degrees in foreign languages. Consequently, university graduates from overseas who are fluent in English and have the relevant qualifications for the job should be high in demand.
It is without doubt that London is the area in the United Kingdom with the greatest level of opportunity for work, with an increase of 13% in job vacancies in the past two years. The surrounding area of South East England is also a very fruitful location for the job market.
The most efficient way of searching for a job in the United Kingdom is through the many comprehensive web sites on the Internet.
There are two different types of web sites available:
- High street recruitment agencies
- Purely Internet-based
The three main nationwide job recruitment agencies are Blue arrow, Reed and Brook Street. On both their web sites and in their high street centres your credentials can be matched to jobs most suited to you thus providing a thoroughly efficient way of job hunting. However the web sites will not be as comprehensive than the advice you will receive from the employees at their high street branches.
Consequently, having searched the web sites in your home country, you can go to their branches on arrival in the United Kingdom with any queries. It is worth noting that each web site should be able to provide you with the location of all their nationwide branches.
> USEFUL LINKS
GRADUATE BASE: www.graduatebase.com
Tel: +44 (0) 20 7295 6933
London Jobs: http://www.londonjobs.co.uk/
London Jobs Guide: www.londonjobsguide.co.uk
Opportunity Knocks for Non-Profit Career Development: http://blog.opportunityknocks.org/
Find Job Applications Online: http://www.jobapplications.co.uk/
> LOCAL PAPERS
THE SUNDAY TIMES: www.sunday-times.co.uk
THE TIMES: www.thetimes.co.uk
THE DAILY TELEGRAPH: www.dailytelegraph.co.uk
THE INDEPENDENT: www.independent.co.uk
THE GUARDIAN: www.guardian.co.uk
> FOR MORE INFORMATION
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London W1Y 2EH
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