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WORKgateways UK e-newsletter

Monthly e-News for the UK Working Traveler

01 March 2005 Volume 2 Issue 10

WORKgateways e-newsletter is written for UK working travelers whether you are in the UK, impatiently awaiting your departure date or thinking about going in the future.... Scroll down to view this month's topics, articles and info.


Introductory Comments

What’s New:


  • In the UK!
    • Question of the Month
  • Still in Australia/NZ/SA/Canada?
    • In the past most working travelers went straight to London for work. This has changed over the years and today - Birmingham is the UK's second city but not second best.

In every issue:

Introductory Comments

Part of the excitement of being in the UK is dealing with (and even relishing) the differences between what's familiar to you and where you end up. There are many choices you need to make along the way from deciding where to live to choosing which European destination you'll visit this weekend. As always WORKgateways is here to make your quest as enjoyable and productive as possible. Apart from putting you in touch with the best Recruitment agencies in the business, we try to provide the information you need. Over the next few months we are adding some more information to our website which we will be highlighting in this newsletter. This month we unravel the mysteries of Travel Health Insurance.

As you may know, travellers health insurance is very important when you are embarking on an overseas trip. Travel Insurance can also be quite expensive for travellers either going to the UK, or travelling from the UK to other countries. Further, there exists a bewildering array of products offered. See our Travel Insurance section for information you'll need to make this important decision.

What’s New...

CHANGES to the Working Holiday Visa

Changes to the UK Working Holiday Visa for Commonwealth Citizen Yes, you read right, there have been yet more changes to what many working travelers consider a right - your UK working holiday visa. On 7th February 2005, the British government decided to make changes to the working holiday visa.

Now working holidaymakers can only be employed in the UK for a total of 12 of the 24 months duration of their visa. (Note: if you were granted a working holidaymaker visa on or before 7 February 2005 you will be allowed to work for the whole of the two year period in the UK.)

What this really means - WORKgateways view:

Before June 2003 working holidaymakers also could not work for the full two years. In fact, working holidaymaker eligibility was cut-off at age 27 and there was a work restriction; 'no furthering of your career'. Even with these recent changes eligibility for the current visa is up to and including 30 years of age and you can work in any job 'incidental to your holiday'.

The only real change to us seems to be politically motivated. The fact remains that after working for 1 year in England there are other ways you can stay legally employed. The new points system (soon to be announced) or even good old Sponsorship is still are real possibilities, especially if you have been working there already and have been able to prove your worth to an employer.

Bottom Line: Nothing has really changed the overseas experience that the Working Holiday Visa provides. It still represents an amazing opportunity.

Need more information? Read Work Visas UK.

UK Job Industry Updates

This month, rather than give you yet another update on each job industry - all of which have not changed since last month - please refer to last month's update - See last month's newsletter.

To View jobs in your industry - Go to Job Search.

Alternately, if you have plans to arrive in the UK in the next two years simply Register with Agencies in your field.


In The UK


Could you please inform me if there are any job opportunities (even as work experience), for an under-graduate student? Lee H.

Generally, gaining graduate-level professional employment through employment agencies is not much of an option in most professions (there are some exceptions). Most (professional) jobs you find listed on WORKgateways are from agencies that require at least 1 year experience. See list of Agencies. This is not because Recruitment Agencies don't want to help fresh graduates out - THEY DO! The problem is that most employers do not use Recruitment agencies to find graduates.

The solution to finding employment for graduate positions is often by approaching employers directly. However, if given the choice, UK employers will usually employ a British grad as opposed to an overseas grad. This is because Graduates are often seen as a long term investment. If you are definitely planning a trip to the UK and you are a fresh graduate - why not take a bar job to start with. While you are earning some money and settling in you can begin your UK employment campaign. Look for BAR jobs.

Obviously do keep an eye out for jobs in your industry that do not require experience!


Still in Australia/NZ/SA/Canada

BIRMINGHAM - Second City not Second Best

Birmingham is located in the heart of the U.K; a dynamic and vibrant city with the main transport links of the U.K within touching distance. As the world is made smaller by cheaper , quicker travel it is rapidly becoming a "must see" destination for visitors to the U.K. Birmingham has an industrial and business culture unrivalled outside of London, and this is coupled with a true multi-cultural society to form a city in which employment opportunities abound.

At its peak in 1971, 50% of Birmingham's workforce was employed in the manufacturing industry. In 2005 it stands at around 15%, on par with the UK national average. During this decline, the service sector emerged as a major new sector, with finance houses, banks and call centres relocating to the area. The area is booming and it's adaptable and flexible workforce is at the forefront of the new economic upturn.

That there has been huge investment in the city has been well documented. The scale of this investment is enormous - some ?6 billion alone in the Eastside regeneration zone, making it England's largest Millennium project outside London. With other developments including Fiveways Leisure Complex, the Mailbox, and of course the amazing Bullring, ongoing investment is tipped to exceed an additional ?3 Billion. CBI Director General Digby Jones, a native of Birmingham, said he was "very proud of how the city's profile and reputation had been enhanced through its retail revolution".

So how has the city responded to these changes, to attract the new breed of service orientated professionals it now needs? According to James Travis, a recruitment consultant at Katie Bard, recruiters have to be fleet of foot and adaptive to map the changing employment landscape." The "Birmingham Effect" is now the envy of cities across the UK and Europe. We're seeing a huge demand for talented individuals to fill the growing number of opportunities in every sector, and at every level" explains James. "There are shortages of talented PA's and support staff in the ?14- ?18k bracket and we continue to see demand in property, telecoms, finance and banking.

"Demand for quality candidates is at an all-time high", adds Verity Stokes, another of the Katie Bard recruitment consultants. "Despite the influx of graduates, the IT, telecoms and property sectors are struggling to find enough people to meet their needs" For more information log onto the website at

With Thanks to:

Katie Bard is part of the Angela Mortimer Group of recruitment consultancies. Based in the centre of Birmingham they specialise in recruiting office staff and support for all areas of the business world from PA's to post room, I.T to administration.

In Every Issue:

Site of the Month:

Finally someone put a website up that makes it simple to dial the right numbers before you dial the numbers.... You know what I mean - Visit Country Calling Codes

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