WORKgateways UK e-newsletter
Monthly e-News for the UK Working Traveler
September 2007, Volume 3 Issue 25
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.
- Working holiday visa services for New Zealanders
- Skilled IT workers in short supply
- Opening a UK bank account
- Tale of a new arrival
- All your working holiday questions answered
- Transferring your money internationally
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The summer is almost over but working travellers in the UK are still enjoying the sunshine. This month we've got an interview with a working traveller who has just arrived in the UK, and great news about new visa services for New Zealanders. There's still time to get to the UK to enjoy the last rays of summer so get planning! As always, we've got hundreds of UK jobs and recruitment agents waiting to meet you.
WORKgateways are happy to announce that our visa partner, Visa First, can now offer assistance with working holiday visa applications for New Zealanders.
Visa First has recently opened an office in New Zealand, which means they can offer Kiwis extra assistance with working holiday visas, National Insurance Numbers and bank accounts. Previously the visa service was available to Australians only.
UK firms are finding it increasingly hard to find IT staff with the right skills ? leaving gaps for international workers to fill. And IT is not the only industry that is in desperate need of skilled professionals.
You won?t be hard-pressed to find work in the UK if you have skills in IT and a working visa. Software engineers, technical support staff and systems designers are in particularly short supply, according to a quarterly report by a UK sector skills body. There is also a shortage of senior programmers.
?Pinch points in the future are likely for recruiters seeking permanant staff for senior programmers with C#, VOIP, OSPF, PHP, Flash, Swing, .Net, Python and Prince,? says the report.
It's not only the IT industry which needs skilled workers. Many other industries such as engineering, town planning, construction, finance and health are in desperate need of people. There are brilliant opportunities all over the UK for visa holders with the right skills and experience.
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.
Alana is a 26-year-old Sydneysider who has just arrived in the UK on a working holiday visa. Here she tells us her first impressions of London, what she's done to get her feet on the ground and about finding work as a health professional.
What are your first thoughts of London?
London is constantly moving, there are people everywhere all the time. There is a wonderful social life - bars are buzzing, people shopping. It's an adventure and never boring. London is very diverse, multicultural and accepting of anything and everyone. Everything is close and easily accessible, and people are friendly, but always in a rush. I love it so far as there is so much to see and always an event to attend.
What were the first things you did?
Firstly I worked out how to use the Tube, looked for accommodation and then hit the numerous shops and eateries. I established my bank account, phone connection and tube pass - all of which was very easy and up and running on the first day.
What are your plans for your working holiday?
I plan to work in the Health industry Monday to Friday and travel to surrounding countries on the weekend and short breaks. I plan to get involved in the London way of life, experience all the bars and social events, establish a new group of friends and enjoy what London has to offer!
Have you started looking for work?
I arrived last week and already I have four job interviews lined up for this week, so finding work doesn't seem to be a problem, however that may just be the health industry.
Got any advice for other working travellers?
Try and establish some contacts here before you set off, everyone here has been in your shoes at some point so there willing to help. Most importantly set up a bank account before you arrive as that advice made things alot easier for me, Establish contacts in the area you want to work - just inform them when you plan on arriving and what your looking for. In regards to accommodation, work it out when you arrive. You'll walk through an area and realise that's what best suits you and your needs. Don't be afraid to ask for help when you're here and move out of your comfort zone when meeting people. Make the first move you'll be surprised at the number of friends you'll make.
Does my UK working holiday visa also allow me to work in Europe? How long am I allowed to work on my UK visa? How can I extend my time in the UK after my two years is up?
For answers to these questions and everything you need to know about visas, UK jobs, sponsorship etc, visit our WORKgateways forum. Read the latest posts or post your own questions.
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!
Read here about transferring your money internationally.
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The Eiffel Tower, Notre Dame, the Louvre, pain au chocolat - do you really need more reasons to visit one of the best cities in the world?
Well, here's something to get you started! This month we have five copies of the new Paris guide from the very popular Lonely Planet Encounter series to giveaway. It's the next step to hopping on a Paris-bound train at Waterloo or cheering your way to Charles de Gaulle. Discover twice the city in half the time as this discerning guide recommends the very best neighbourhoods, sights, restaurants, shops and entertainment.
To enter email us with 'PARIS ENCOUNTER' in the subject line. Entries close 30 September.
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