International Students Finding Part Time Work – How to Guide

People seeking work in the UK need to complete an eligibility to work in the UK check. This is a UK government requirement. If you click on the link below you will see the acceptable evidence. If you have any questions please call into the Employability Hub during Hope Works Drop-In. Hope Work Drop-In takes place Wednesdays and Fridays during term time.

Please click on the link below to access the list this will help you understand the documents you need.

Click here to view Eligibility Checklist

All workers in the UK need a National Insurance Number (NI). A NI number is unique to an individual and once a number is given you keep that for life.

You have an NI number so National Insurance and tax contributions can be recorded against your name. To apply for a number you have to call 0345 600 0643. Please be aware there can often be a long wait to speak to someone so I suggest you put an afternoon in your diary and call – please be patient and don’t hang up you will speak to someone eventually. You can apply for a job once you have opened your application not before.

You cannot apply for an NI number online.

As International students, you will have a limit on the number of hours you can work each week. In most cases, this is 20 hours but this can vary.  Recently the rule was amended so that volunteering hours counts towards hours worked so you must be careful and not exceed your total hours per week.

To register for Hope Works you must follow the instructions below:

Register – Log on to MyHope and click on Hope Works. Create your online profile to apply for on-campus jobs.

Submit right to work – Come to the Hope Works Drop-in in the Employability Hub on Wednesdays 14:00-16:00 or Fridays 10:30-12:30. You cannot submit right to work documents outside of these times.

Apply online – Head back to Hope Works online and you can now view and apply to the jobs. Some of the vacancies receive high numbers of applications, it’s worth coming in to have your CV checked by our careers advisers.

Interview – If your application is successful you will be invited to interview. The hiring manager will be in touch to let you know if you have secured the job.

Submit your contract, New Starter Form and P46 – Once appointed to a role, you will be issued with a contract, new starter form and P46 form. These forms need to be completed and returned to the Employability Hub during Hope Works Drop-in on Wednesdays 14:00-16:00 or Fridays 10:30-12:30.

You may like the opportunity to work off campus so I recommend you read the weekly employability bulletin sent to your hope email account. There are many opportunities promoted here.

You can also access support though the Employability hub when looking for employment. You can do this in a number of different ways:

  • Careers Express (CV support, application advice, career management)
  • Workshops (run weekly, listed on Events in My Careers Centre)

Careers Fairs (ran on campus each semester promoted in the bulletins)

If you have any further questions please call in to the Employability Hub where a member of the team will be happy to help you.

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