You made it. The interview is over. You have been offered a job. You have read and signed your employment contract, also known as ‘Statement of Initial Employment’. If you have not received a copy, do not worry. Your employer has two months, starting from your first day, to give it to you. However, make sure you do ask for it! You never know when it will come in handy.
Wondering what your National Insurance Card is for? Fear not at this post will hopefully answer all your questions!
If you are UK citizen you receive your National Insurance card when you are 16, the age you can start to legally work and make your own money, woo! It is key that you keep this card safe and have it for when you are looking for a job, as without it employers are likely to dismiss you as a candidate for a job straight away. You will need your National Insurance number for when you sign your employment contract, so that employers can deduct your taxes, for local authorities to provide financial benefits and for dealings with the Inland Revenue. Sadly this is not an option but a requirement there no way of avoiding the taxman!
Over the years the UK has built a reputation as having some of the best universities in the world. We currently hold four places in the top 10 best universities of the world; with half of these universities in the country’s capital, London. It is easy to see why 400,000 international students flocked to the UK last year to study.
As an international student being in a completely different country must be exhilarating, exciting and just plain fun, but we at the student job also understand that it must be daunting. We aim to help you understand the rules and regulations so you can concentrate on enjoying the most of what studying in the UK has to offer.
In order to apply for any sort of paid employment in the UK as an international student, you must first be eligible to work here. If your home country is outside of the European economic area (EEA) your eligibility to work within the UK is based on a point system. The rules governing this scheme are subject to change, so it advisable to visit the Home Office website: for the most current information that applies to your situation.
Also take a look at the UK Council for International Student Affairs’ website for further information:
Depending of the conditions of your visa into the UK, you are either allowed to work a maximum of 10 hours or 20 hours per week during term time.
It is important to remember that international students still have to pay Income Tax and National Insurance if you earn above a certain amount.
This information is applicable to you if you have immigration permission as a:
- student, including as a Tier 4 student
- student nurse and you made your immigration application on or after 31 March 2009
If the above applies to you, please see below: