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WORKgateways UK e-newsletter

Monthly e-News for the UK Working Traveler

November 2006, Volume 3 Issue 15

The WORKgateways e-newsletter is written for working travellers bound for the UK hailing from all over the globe - from New Zealand, Australia, South Africa, Canada and more. Whether you're already in the UK, impatiently awaiting your departure date or thinking about going in the future, we've got something for you. Scroll down to view this month's info.


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As Halloween descended on the UK this week, so did the winter chill. Although the sun is still shining, it's a sure sign that ski holidays, woolly coats and long afternoons in warm pubs will soon be on the cards for working travellers all over Great Britain.

This month we've got exciting news about the new Destination UK e-book to help you plan the perfect working holiday, and news about the launch of a new site for people looking to find work in Australia.

As usual, we've also got recommendations for great tools to help you get a UK bank account, save tax and transfer your money - and not to forget, a great new prize to giveaway!

What's new

Destination UK - get your definitive guide to planning a working holiday

Even though we've got tons of useful information on our website, WORKgateways has put together a fantastic new online guide for people planning a working holiday, and you can get it now for free!

Whether your working holiday is a distant dream a year or so down the track, or you're all set to leave tomorrow, our new e-book Destination UK can offer you some great tips. It is written by working travellers who are already in London, so you know you're getting info from people who know best! Flick to the page that corresponds to the stage you're at in planning your trip (ie one year to go, six months to go, three months to go etc) and find checklists and useful tips to make planning your move easy. There's also handy inside info about living in London and the top ten things you must do as a newly arrived traveller.

E-mail WORKgateways now to get your FREE copy of the Destination UK e-book!

There is life outside London

Alex is an Australian architect who grew up in London, went to university in Sydney and is now living in Worcester, a town near Birmingham in the UK. Here she tells us what it's like to live outside London.

WG: How does living in Worcester compare to London?

Alex: The attitude of people here is completely different to in London. People are much more laidback and friendly, and not so frantic. Worcester is a regional centre so it's still got a great nightlife with lots of pubs and clubs. It is much cheaper to live here than it is in London - and your wages will reflect that. Overall living costs are much cheaper too.

WG: Are there many other Australians and other working travellers there?

Alex:There aren't many travellers but the nightlife is still great - there are heaps of bars and clubs.

WG: Have you done much travel since you have been here?

Alex: I haven't had much chance to go anywhere yet as I've only been here for two months, but Birmingham airport is not far away, and lots of cheap flights go from the airport at East Midlands. It is also really easy to travel around the UK from where I am - the trains are really simple to get and there are direct trains into London every hour if you want to go.

WG: What is the work you do like?

Alex: I am working in a small architecture firm so professionally I get to do a lot more than I would be doing if I was working in a larger practice in London. I get to be a lot more involved and see projects from the start to the finish. I'm doing concept design work six months out of uni, which I probably wouldn't get to do if I worked at a larger firm in London.

WG: So, what would you say to people considering living outside London?

Alex: London is great but it's also interesting living somewhere different. I love it here and would definitely recommend it!

Alex found her job in the UK through the recruitment agency Eden Brown. Find out what it's like to live and work outside London by registering with Eden Brown and other agencies or find out more information about working as an Architect in the UK

Different industry? WORKgateways can help you. Register with an agency in your industry now or if you are arriving soon (or already in the UK) apply to specific jobs with WORKgateways

New WORKgateways partner helping you save money on UK tax

WORKgateways has partnered up with Boss Solutions to ensure that working travellers are earning their UK cash in the most tax-efficient way possible.

In the UK there are two main methods you can choose to get paid by: PAYE (pay as you earn) or through a LTD company (limited company). The most common scheme of payment for working travellers in the UK is PAYE which means tax and National Insurance contributions are deducted from your pay by your employer before you receive your take home pay. These deductions amount to around 24% of your pay, depending on how much you earn.

A limited company is the best option for you if you are going to be working through an agency, or as a temporary or contract worker (as a lot of travellers do due to their working holiday visa restrictions). Setting yourself up in your own company means you will pay the lower tax rate of around 19% and you may also be eligible to claim certain expenses, such as travel, phone or laptop, against your tax.

If you are planning on being self-employed or working as a contractor when you get to the UK, Boss Solutions can help you. They are one of the UK's leading limited company providers and are specialists in helping working travellers save money.

Read more about PAYE and Limited companies here and find out other essential information about finances in the WORKgateways Travel Money Directory

Heading back home or interested in working in Australia?

The WORKgateways crew has set up another fabulous website for travellers! Jobaroo is brand new and it's especially for working travellers interested in working in Australia, and Aussies returning home from working holidays overseas. Get your sneak preview of Jobaroo here.

If you need to find a job in Australia, Jobaroo is here to help! Whether you're a backpacker who wants to work on a farm in the outback, or a returning Australian looking to relaunch your career back home, we've got jobs for you. Leading recruiters are advertising more and more jobs every day and you might just find something new and exciting to suit you. There's also plenty of information on working visas for those who need them.

Current industries with new job postings (both temporary and permanent) are Nursing and Medical, Engineering and Construction, Architecture and Design, Teaching, Office and Administration, Trades and Seasonal work (such as fruit picking and farm work). New jobs are added every day so don't miss out.

Register with Australian recruitment agencies


The Highly Skilled Migrant Programme - do you qualify?

The Highly Skilled Migrant Programme (HSMP) is a relatively new visa programme which, as the name suggests, allows highly skilled professionals to work in the UK. As it is one of the few visas you can switch to from a working holiday visa (from within the UK), the HSMP is becoming a popular choice for working travellers who want to extend their time in the UK after their first visa runs out, or for professionals who do not qualify for any other visas.

Use the WORKgateways HSMP calculator to find out if you qualify. You can also visit the WORKgatewyas forum to ask any HSMP questions - one of our experts has just completed her own application and is on hand to give advice now!

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Apply to thousands of jobs with WORKgateways

Leaving your home soon, or already in the UK? There's currently around 8,500 UK jobs listed on our site waiting for the right candidate to apply. Could it be you? Industries currently needing great candidates are Architecture, Engineering and Construction, Teaching, Medical, Accounting/Finance, Town Planning and more. Apply now and give your working holiday a kickstart

Better banking - get organised!

It is notoriously difficult for working travellers to open bank accounts once they get to the UK - you need to have a job and a lease, it will take a long time, and in some cases, leaves you with a bank card you can't use anywhere but in the UK (so forget withdrawing emergency cash while holidaying in the rest of Europe!)

Organising a bank account before you get to the UK is cheap and easy, and WORKgateways can help you pick the right package for you.

Need to transfer money internationally? Investigate your options

So you've arrived in the UK, hopefully you've got a bank account, but you don't have any English pounds yet? A common challenge working travellers face is getting a lump sum of their cash from home into their UK bank account - often your bank will charge you a large fee for the privilege of moving your money. WORKgateways' international money transfer partner Tranzfers provides a cheap and easy way to manage your money transfers.

Read our guide to international money transfers here, and find out which option works best for you and your dosh.

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Win the ultimate travel guide from Lonely Planet: Bluelist 2007

What do Antarctica, Brooklyn, Turkmenistan and Northern Ireland have in common? They are all tipped as the must-see places for 2007. Forget about the tried-and-tested beach resorts in the Med or the city breaks you know so well, and get the motivation to do something out-of-the-ordinary.

The second edition of annual title, Lonely Planet Bluelist, is designed to kick start your imagination. Packed full of ideas about new places to visit and interesting and unique experiences you can have when you're there, it will get you thinking differently about travel.

To win a copy, e-mail your name and address to WORKgateways ( with 'Bluelist' in the subject line before 31 November.

Last month's lucky winners of the Lonely Planet Madrid guide were: Madhwaraj Ballal, Boston; Melanie Carstens, London; Bev Olive, South Australia; Kelly Stacey, Queensland;L Soh, London. Prizes should arrive soon.

What's on? Socceroos and Bafana Bafana in London

One of the hottest upcoming events on the working traveller social calender in London is the international friendly between the Australian Socceroos and Ghana on November 14 in Shepherd's Bush. The match takes place the day before South Africa's Bafana Bafana take on Egypt at Griffin Park, Brentford.

The Australians will be looking for a motivation-boosting win against the world No.24-ranked side to help in the llead-up to next year's Asian Cup finals. Tickets are available at Ticketmaster

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