Moving to a new country can be an overwhelming change, and living costs in the UK are not exactly low. Many international students take up part-time jobs for extra financial support while studying in the UK. When planning on working while studying in the UK, there are certain things which you should keep in mind. Here's what you need to know.
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Allowed Working Hours for International Students in the UK
Indian students can work in the UK on a Tier-4 student visa. But before working in the UK, make sure to check that your tier 4 visa allows you to work in the UK.
The duration allowed is:
- 20 hours per week during the term
- 40 hours per week during holidays
National Insurance Number for International Students
All non-UK students are legally obliged to get a National Insurance number (NINo) once they start working in the UK. If you have found work before getting the NINo, you can apply, start working, and tell your employer you have applied for one. A NINo is also required to claim benefits or apply for a student loan. You can apply for a NINo yourself or can use a service by paying a small fee of £25. To get one, you have to call the NINo application line.
National Insurance number application line:
- Telephone: 0800 141 2075
- Textphone: 0800 141 2438
The whole process takes around 15 days. You may or may not have to go for a face-to-face interview at JobCentre Plus before getting your NINo.
National Minimum Wages for International Students in the UK
The National Minimum Wage (NMW) is the minimum amount that employers may legally pay to their employees in the UK. This is the same for a UK and non-UK resident in the country. Also it is the same for students who’re working part-time or are full-time workers.
The NMW for 2019 is-
- For a student aged between 18 and 20, it is £6.15 per hour.
- For those aged 21 and over, the NMW is £7.70 per hour.
When deciding to work in the UK while studying, remember to not take on more than you can handle. Maintain a healthy work-study-life balance to make the most of your time in the UK.