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WORKgateways UK e-newsletter

Monthly e-News for the UK Working Traveler

August 2007, Volume 3 Issue 24

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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Look no further than this month's WORKgateways newsletter for the latest info on UK jobs, visas and help with planning your working holiday. We've got the latest financial update from Tranzfers, help with opening your UK bank account and some top UK travel destinations you just shouldn't miss out on. Don't forget to send us your tips and comments to be in the running for a Lonely Planet guide to Barcelona, and enter to win the hilarious new Signspotting book. Happy travels!

What's new

Chartered Quantity Surveyors added to National Shortage Occupation List

Qualified Chartered Quantity Surveyors now have an extra avenue open to them if they wish to work in the UK. This occupation has been added to the National Shortage Occupation List which means work permits for professionals in this field will be easier and quicker to obtain.

Sponsorship will now be easier for this profession as work permit applications for Chartered Quantity Surveyors will no longer need to be subject to a full resident labour test. Working holiday makers in this profession who wish to stay in the UK when their visa expires will also be able to switch into work permit employment from within the UK.

The change is the result of consultation with the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors and relevant key stakeholders on the Engineering Sector Advisory Panel.

Visit WORKgateways for more information about Surveying and Construction jobs in the UK.

To find out about other occupations that are on the National Shortage Occupation List, view the PDF.

If you have a question about visas or working in the UK, why not visit our forum? For general information about work permits and sponsorship, visit Working in the UK.

Contract work a popular choice for working holiday makers

More and more people in the UK are seeking contract work as a means to broaden experience, gain exposure to different industries and extend flexibility of working hours. It?s also a perfect option for working travellers looking to mix work with travel.

The one year working restriction on the 2-year working holiday visa means that many travellers in the UK opt for contract work due to its flexibility and varying nature. And they are not alone. In a recent global survey by global recruitment consultancy Robert Walters, over one third of respondents said that they would consider contract work to broaden experience and exposure to different industries.

Many travellers are also tempted by the often generous daily and hourly rates offered in some industries in the UK (even though the attractive rates mean that sick pay and holiday pay are forfeited). Your qualifications and experience of course will influence the rate you can command, but professionals in industries such as Admin, Accounting, Engineering and Construction and more can earn between ?10-?20 per hour.

The best way to find contract work is by registering with a recruitment agency in your field. WORKgateways gives you access to dozens of recruitment agencies across different professions, and they all specialise in finding jobs for travellers like you. Register with agencies or apply to UK jobs now to kickstart your UK experience.

Visit WORKgateways to find out what your industry pays in the UK and how to maximise your UK earnings.


Travel scoops - what you shouldn't miss in the UK

There's definitely more to the UK than the bright lights of London. While the sun is shining, it's a perfect time to get outside the capital and see some more of what the UK has to offer.

Here's our pick of the places to be in August.

For endless pubs and clubs by night and a relaxed caf? culture by day, you can?t go past Bristol (pictured). Bristol is a rich mix of ancient inns, cobbled streets, grand edifices and stunning new architecture. The revived Harbourside district is lined with boats, restaurants and museums while adrenaline addicts can get their thrills rock climbing, caving and mountain biking over Somerset?s Mendip Hills. Everything in this city is within walking distance so a shopping spree in Park Street or a relaxed picnic in Durdham Downs is never far away. Check out Visit Bristol.

Once an industrialised coal and steel centre, Newcastle-upon-Tyne (commonly referred to as just ?Newcastle?) is working hard to redevelop itself as a stylish and cultural city. It?s most distinctive feature is the seven bridges which span over the Tyne, the river which the city lies on the banks of, although the city is also packed with stunning architecture and elegant buildings. The town is famous for its nightlife and in particular, the area known as Quayside comes alive with crowded bars and restaurants in the evenings. Find out more about visiting Newcastle.

Newquay, Cornwall
If you're craving some surf and sand, there's no better place to head than Newquay in the southwest of England. With a friendly mix of surfers, families and young people on outdoor getaways there's also a stunning choice of sandy beaches and rocky coastline. There's a huge selection of restaurants, bars, pubs and clubs to while away the time between waves. Find out more about Newquay.

For cheap travel deals to get around the UK, try National Express (for buses) or GNER (for trains). Earlybird bookers will generally get the best bargains.

UK banking and visas for your working holiday

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). We will soon be offering visa assistance for New Zealanders so stay tuned!

International money transfers and financial update from Tranzfers

If you plan on doing multiple international money transfers while you are in the UK, it's a good idea to set up an account with an online money transfer company such as our recommended partner, Tranzfers.

Doing international money transfers via mainstream banks can be hideously expensive and often you will have no control over the exchange rate you are getting. Especially at times like these when the Pound Sterling is very strong, it's a huge advantage to be able to have control over exactly when you want your money to be transferred.

With Tranzfers, you can deposit your money into their account and let them know exactly when you want them to transfer your cash - preferably at a time when you will get more pounds for your dollars. Their fees are really cheap too - only $15AU per transfer. Bargain!

Latest financial update from Tranzfers:

It's been a rocky few weeks on the currency markets, with record highs and wild swings capturing the headlines. Until last Friday, the Australian and New Zealand dollars had been trading at record highs against the US dollar with the AUD topping out at 0.8876 and the NZD reaching its highest ever level at 0.8114. Their bubbles burst however, as share markets slid in the US and took many major currencies with them. While the pound sterling slipped against the USD on the move, it's losses were less than those of the Aussie and Kiwi dollars and as a result GBP/AUD and GBP/NZD are trading higher at 2.3764 and 2.6598 respectively. It was the same story for the Canadian dollar, which has slipped against the US dollar and the pound with GBP/CAD currently trading at 2.1646.

Read here about transferring your money internationally.

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WIN! The newest Signspotting book from Lonely Planet

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Lonely Planet brings to life the fun side of travel in the second edition of the best-selling Signspotting, which hits the shelves this September.

Jam-packed with over 160 images from around the globe, this entertaining new pictorial is a collection of some of the world?s funniest signs and alarming translations of the English language.

This month, five lucky winners will get a copy of Signspotting. To enter email us with 'SIGNSPOTTING' in the subject line. Entries close 30 August.

Your Say - we want to hear from you! Travel guides to Barcelona up for grabs

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!

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