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WORKgateways UK e-newsletter

Monthly e-News for the UK Working Traveler

June 2006 Volume 3 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.

CONTENTS

Welcome

What’s new:

Skilled travellers protest new immigration laws
Accommodation in the UK options for working travellers
World Cup fever hits
A traveller's tale scooting around London

 
Focus:

How to make UK banking easy
Take control - register with agencies and apply directly to UK jobs
How much can you earn?
Spot exchange rates from Tranzfers


In every issue:

Win Win Win! A traveller's book from Lonely Planet
Star sites of the month
Your say




Welcome

Dreaming of faraway places and a better job on different shores? Or are you already in the UK and need some good advice? Here's your latest jam-packed instalment of the WORKgateways newsletter to snap you into action.

We've got the latest news on the controversial changes to the immigration laws and all you need to know about accommodation, earnings and banking in the UK. Don't miss out on our traveller of the month who is cavorting with celebrities in his new job in London, and the exciting PRIZE to be won!

As always we've got all the links to help you register with the right recruitment agency and apply for jobs.

Your dream job in the UK is waiting for you so get planning!


What’s new

Skilled travellers protest new immigration laws

A new organisation formed by skilled immigrants in Britain is protesting changes to immigration laws that were passed in April.

The group, Voice of Britain's Skilled Immigrants (VBSI) is against the changes that have extended the qualifying period for Indefinite Leave to Remain from four years to five years.

This means that current and prospective holders of work permits, highly skilled migrant permits and ancestry visas will have to continuously stay in the UK for five years, instead of four, to qualify to stay in the UK indefinitely.

VBSI estimates that the changes will affect over 100,000 holders of work permit, HSMP visas and ancestry visas in the UK. They are currently collecting petitions to submit to the UK government in protest and they have the support of 29 MPs. For more information or to sign the petition, visit the VBSI website.



Accommodation in the UK options for working travellers

When you arrive in the UK you are going to need somewhere to rest your weary head! We have recently updated our Accommodation pages to give you the latest best advice about both short and long term accommodation in the UK. We've got the scoop on where to live in London, how much it will cost you and information about other UK cities if you want to venture further out.

Find out here about your UK accommodation options.




World Cup fever hits

There is no escaping the 2006 World Cup! The greatest football competition in the world kicks off this week in Munich, Germany.

Australian fans are hyped about their nation's first appearance in a World Cup in 32 years and travellers from all over are descending upon Germany as we speak.

Whether your country has qualified or not, don't miss out on the action! Check out the official FIFA site.

If you weren't lucky enough to secure world cup tickets then the next best thing is to grab your mates, some supplies and to watch the matches on the big screen. Odeon cinemas in the UK will be screening England and all final matches for £7.50 per adult and the BBC will also show selected games at big screens at venues in Birmingham, Hull, Leeds and Manchester.

For a detailed listing of big screen venues throughout London visit here.



A traveller's tale scooting around London


Ray, a 23-year-old personal trainer from Lugarno in Sydney, Australia has been living in London for six months. He's landed a plum job (where he gets to ride a scooter to work!) and is looking forward to summer travel plans and of course, the World Cup.

Tell us about your scooter!
I'm a personal trainer and the company I am working for has given me a scooter (moped) to get around London on. I had to complete a practical driving and safety test but that's it should be interesting navigating London traffic!

Are you permanent or are you freelancing?
Both. I have permanent hours with one company and I have also set up my own Limited Company, which means I am also self-employed. It's really easy to do and means that I can be more flexible with my hours.

And how did you find work when you first got here?
My situation is a bit unusual as I didn't register with any agencies but instead contacted companies that I would love to work for (like football clubs). I then sent my CV around and landed work that way, although I think most of my friends went through agencies. I'm really passionate about my work and so far the experience I've gained in London has been great.

Any celebrity stories?
I got lucky and now I have a job where I've trained movie producers and TV presenters. I trained a journalist who mentioned me in an column she writes for OK! magazine and the other day I met Harry Kewell who was in one of the gyms we run!

Have you travelled much since you've been here?
I've been skiing in Austria and also to Cardiff, Prague and Venice. I'm going to France with my girlfriend this week and then we're going to Germany for the World Cup, which I can't wait for. After trying for months, we finally got tickets to two Australia games.

What's your favourite thing about London?
It's a completely different lifestyle over here but it's a good change of pace. The social scene in London is amazing because there is always something cool to see: great live music venues, shows and heaps of local pubs. And there is always football on!

Get started planning your own UK experience! Register with agencies in your industry at WORKgateways.



Focus

How to make UK banking easy

Organising a bank account before you get to the UK will save you lots of hassle! Many travellers say it's the one thing they wish they did before they came.
E-mail WORKgateways to find out about the various bank account packages we offer. It's cheap and easy and you'll be able to dedicate more time to enjoying yourself once you land in London.


Take control of your UK employment

Start thinking about where you would like to be working and what you would like to achieve in London. You can apply directly to UK jobs here - especially if you arriving in the UK within the next two months.

Are you registered with the best agencies up to two years before you arrive?

Why use the agencies on WORKgateways?


How much can you earn in the UK?

Everyone want to know about how many pounds they're going to pocket! You have to know how much you can potentially earn so you can get planning your whole UK experience.


Find out how to maximise your UK salary.

Spot exchange rates for the first week of June:

GBP/AUD 2.4880 (around AUD$2.50 will buy you one pound)
GBP/NZD 2.8450 (around NZD$2.80 will buy you one pound)
GBP/ZAR 11.025 (around 11 Rand will buy you one pound)
GBP/CAD 2.0089 (around CAD$2 will buy you one pound)
   




In every issue

Win a stunning travel book from Lonely Planet


Code Green is the latest offering from travel-gurus Lonely Planet and we have some to give away! Full of stunning photography and handy tips, it focuses on some breath-taking travel experiences and how to be environmentally and ethically responsible while you are visiting some of the world's best destinations.

It covers the cheapest budget backpacker experiences to the most indulgent destinations from all over the globe. The UK even features, with pages on how to cycle across England on two wheels, or take part in sustainable forest management in Ireland.

To win a copy, e-mail your name and address to WORKgateways with Code Green competition in the subject line.


Star sites of the month

  • Virtual Tourist - If you're planning a trip and you're sick of reading cheap travel brochures with dubious advice, check out Virtual Tourist The site has genuine reviews, advice and travel tips from real travellers and can help you plan your weird and wonderful travel adventures.

  • Get your guide to Germany - new digital downloads online. If you're scrimping on backpack space, the good news is that travel info from Lonely Planet is now available to buy and download online! First up they have a Beautiful Game destination guide to Germany featuring practical, inspiring information for anyone with football fever, and ten digital City Maps. Another cool thing to download are language guides in French, Italian and Spanish for your iPod. They are all available to buy www.lonelyplanet.com/download_shop/

Your Say

Do you have questions, comments; is there anything you'd like to see addressed in WORKgateways e-newsletter? Please email your say to WORKgateways.

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