WORKgateways UK e-newsletter
Monthly e-News for the UK Working Traveler
July 2007, Volume 3 Issue 23
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.
- UK summer - great time for job hunting
- Glastonbury and Wimbledon washouts but summer rolls on
- Traveller blog network is growing
- Traveller's tales - working in advertising in London
- Opening a UK bank account, visas and international money transfers
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Summer is well underway in the UK - working travellers have got their eyes glued to Wimbledon (and some have joined the famous queue for tickets) and some are still recovering from Glastonbury. We're hoping for an Indian summer lasting well into September to take more advantage of the vilage greens and beer gardens (and new smoke-free pubs).
On the job front, Summer is a booming time to find employment in many areas across the UK. It's an optimum time to register with recruitment agencies and land that perfect job. Don't miss all the info in this newsletter to help plan the working holiday that's going to change your life.
A recent survey by a large UK recruitment firm shows that employers across many industries plan to recruit even more staff in the coming summer months.
The recruitment firm, Manpower, did the survey of 1700 UK employers and found that an encouraging 21% of employers plan to take on more staff in the next three months. Employers in the Utilities, Finance and Business, and Leisure, Hospitality and Retail industries showed the biggest increase in their plans to hire more staff over the summer.
Hiring in Finance & Business Services is at a nine-year high, Utilities hiring is at a four year high and there has been an increase in Leisure and Retail jobs as consumers keep spending and more Brits spend their summer holidays at home.
The best employment outlook is in the South West of England and Northern Ireland, while the percentage of hiring employers in the North East, North West, East and West Midlands is above national average. Job prospects in London remain strong.
The UK summer has so far been plagued by showers - Glastonbury was a muddy (but still memorable) affair and tennis fans are being frustrated at Wimbledon. But there is still plenty of fun to be had this summer ? and we?re not going to let a few drops of rain spoil the fun! Check out some of these upcoming events?
The Innocent Village Fete - If the big festivals scare you and you love your juice, head to Regent?s Park for the adorable Innocent Village Fete. Where else will you find duck-herding and tombola? Tickets are only 5 quid!
The Reading Festival - You can still grab tickets to this famous festival which is going to see Smashing Pumpkins, Arcade Fire, Bloc Party, the Red hot Chilli Peppers and more great bands take the stage for an entire fun-fiiled weekend.
Notting Hill Carnival - If you?re in London for the August long weekend, don?t miss one of Europe?s biggest and maddest street parties. Just don?t be surprised if a flamboyant man dressed as a pineapple stops you in the street to pour a shot of rum down your throat.
For more info on what?s still to come in the UK summer (or get planning your events calender for next year, visit MyVillage.
Check out the new user-driven traveller blog network, BigOE. It's getting bigger and better every day!
Want to read about other traveller experiences before you leave for the UK? Want the hottest tips or inspiration for your next holiday? At BigOE we have started to collect the best of traveller blogs to help you plan the working holiday of a lifetime.
At BigOE, we provide listings of the best and most popular traveller blogs as voted by you. When a Blogger in the bigOE.network adds a posting to their Blog, it immediately becomes available on bigOE.net and distributed to subscribed members who have chosen to receive postings for that Blog via email.
Jasmina is a 25-year-old Sydney girl who has just arrived in London. She is already living it up and has landed a job working for one of the UK's top advertising firms.
What do you think of London?
Love it, although it's not my first time here. I spent six months studying at the University of Westminster on exchange while I was at uni a few years ago, so I knew what to expect.
How did you get your job?
A producer at my agency in Sydney put me in touch with someone she'd worked with in the past who was now in London, and I emailed her from home and managed to set up an interview for the day after I arrived. I saw a recruiter and interviewed at a few other agencies as well during my first few weeks, but ultimately it was that contact that came through. I worked freelance for two months before being made permanent.
Any tips for other job-hunters?
Know what you want from an employer - have an idea of what agencies you'd like to work at. There are so many agencies over here and they're all quite different in terms of their reputation and the work that they do, it's best for both you and your recruiter to know upfront what it is that you're after.
What's the best thing you've done since moving to the UK?
There's no single thing - moving over here is a brilliant combination of starting a completely new life (job, new place to live, etc.), meeting new people and making new friends to share that life with, and having the ability to fly to virtually anywhere in Europe for the weekend! It's an amazing experience overall.
Plans for the summer?
Croatia!! Sailing for a week around the islands in late July...can't wait. And enjoying a warmer, sunny London, if the weather finally decides to behave. Have friends coming to visit over the next few weeks as well, which'll be great!
Registered WORKgateways members who have applied to UK jobs or registered with UK recruitment agencies now have access to new top-quality content like vodcasts, e-books and scoop sheets through the new-look WORKgateways website.
It is notoriously difficult for working travellers to open bank accounts once they get to the UK ? mainly because when you first arrive you do not have the required documentation, such as UK utility bills in your name.
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 - we have options from 1st Contact and Visa First. Find out more information about purchasing UK bank accounts.
For help applying for your working holiday visa, click here (Australians only).
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In June, Lonely Planet will be launching a new city guidebook series for urban adventurers on short city breaks.
Books from the new Encounter series are touted as the ?ultimate pocket guides? and are written in collaboration with travellers in the know. The first titles to be released are Dublin, Barcelona, Hong Kong, Istanbul, Las Vegas, London, New York, Paris and San Francisco.
This month, two lucky winners will get a copy each of the Dublin, New York and Barcelona Encounter guide books. To enter email us with 'ENCOUNTER' in the subject line. Entries close 30 July.
Are you in the UK and want to feature in our newsletter? Got a hot tip for working travellers about finding a job, taking a holiday or about living in London? Or are you still at home and have found a great website? Email our newsletter editor, and if we publish your comment, we'll send you a prize!