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WORKgateways UK e-newsletter

Monthly e-News for the UK Working Traveller

December 2007, Volume 3 Issue 28

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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It's that time of year again! Christmas in the UK is beautiful - full of mulled wine, ice skating, frosty nights, open fires, not to mention some of the best shopping in the world! If you're in the UK, it's a great time to party and have lots of fun, and if you're not there already, get planning! This month we have important news about UK visas, and info for town planners looking to work in the UK. And for travellers everywhere - enter our comp to win some Ryanair travel vouchers.

What's new

New biometric requirements for visa applicants

Australians applying for a UK visa (and soon visa applicants from all countries), now have to provide biometric data with their applications.

The biometric data that must be submitted with all Australian visa applications as of the beginning of December involves scans of all 10 of your fingers and a full-face digital photograph. Once you have completed your online application, you will be prompted to make an online appointment to have your biometric data (fingerscans and a digital photograph) taken. It is not completely clear at this stage how much this will affect processing times, so it is advised that you allow more time than usual if you are applying in the next few weeks.

For more information, contact the British Consulate in your home country.

Changes to work permit applications

Revised application forms and guidance notes for work permit applications are now available from the Working in the UK website.

If you want to know more about work permits or would like your employer to make an application on your behalf, then you should read the new guidance notes on the Working in the UK website.

15,000 UK jobs on WORKgateways

There's a severe shortage of a number of occupations in the UK from Teaching, Engineering, Health and Town Planning to Accountants, Finance and Construction professionals. WORKgateways has up to 15,000 jobs waiting for applicants.

Register with agencies or apply to UK jobs now to kickstart your UK experience and to find out about more UK job opportunities.


Town planners needed in the UK

This month we spoke to Grant, a recruiter from the UK who deals with town planners. He tells us why UK employers are in desperate need of qualified town planners, and how you can get some great work experience.

What?s the market like for jobseekers in the UK at the moment?
It?s a great time for town planners in the UK ? there is a severe of shortage of quality candidates and there is lots of work across the country. Work is available UK-wide but there are great opportunities in both rural and urban areas in the South East (inside and outside London), South West (in places like Bristol), in the Midlands (Birmingham) and in the North East (in and around Newcastle).

What kind of town planning work is there available?
There is work in all areas of town planning in both the public and private sectors, in local governments, councils in areas such as statutory planning, strategic planning and development control. The most commonly vacant positions are in local plans and development control.

What kind of work can I get on my visa?
The type of visa you have will obviously dictate the types of jobs you can be put forward for. Working holiday makers can work anything up to 12 month from their two year visa, but contracts could be as short as 3-4 months. Local authorities are especially flexible with Antipodeans wanting to work various contract lengths. Employers love working travellers, especially Antipodean Planners, since they offer flexibility and are a mobile and transient workforce.

What could I gain from working in the UK?
Town planners have a great opportunity to gain world-class experience in the UK and immeasurably boost their careers. It?s not only a great professional and social opportunity, but you can also earn some top ???! Pay rates are extremely competitive, especially in cities like Bristol, Birmingham and Leeds where there is a higher demand for quality staff. As a general guide, worked in developmental control or policy can earn ?15-?25 per hour.

What kind of experience do I need?
As a recruitment agent, I will consider anyone who has a degree in planning, or something closely-related. Ideally though, any experience in the town planning private or public sector is preferable, and one to two years experience is fantastic.

Visit WORKgateways to find out more about town planning jobs in the UK.

Register with agencies or apply to UK jobs from REED and other UK recruiters.

On Facebook? Come join us

Need some tips on where to spend an orphan Christmas or a great UK NYE? Want to speak to other working travellers, network and/or socialise? Come join our Facebook group.

Join our new WORKgateways Facebook groupwhere we keep members updated with new job offers, important visa news and other fun stuff.

One stop shop for UK bank accounts

WORKgateways can help you out with all the things you need to organise and think about when you are making the move to the UK.

Avoid banking hassles by setting up your bank account before you leave home. With WORKgateways, it's cheap and easy, and we 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.

Latest financial update from our money transfer partners

Get the latest news from our international money transfer partner, Tranzfers

The Aussie dollar continues to languish at the moment on the back of continued concern over the state of global markets. Jitters which have continued to pervade through global equity markets have driven AUD/USD to continually lower levels, with the pair currently trading at 0.8740 against the USD as compared to over 94 cents some weeks ago. The weakness in the Aussie dollar has helped Australian expats and new migrants from the UK as the GBP/AUD rate has risen from earlier lows and is currently changing hands at 2.3570.

The Kiwi dollar remains off the menu of most international currency speculators as decreased trading volumes have seen the local unit content to ebb and flow with international equity market movements. While NZD/USD is currently trading at 0.7630 against the USD, movement in GBP/NZD has been slightly more pronounced following marked recoveries for the pound.

Find out more about international money transfers.

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WIN! A flight voucher for Ryanair

This month we're giving away ?20 worth of flight vouchers to one of the UK's premier cheap flight carriers, Ryanair.

With cheap airlines like Ryanair and Easyjet, you can travel to European destinations from ?0.99 (not including taxes). So ?20 should get you quite far! All you have to do to win is email us with 'FLIGHT VOUCHER' in the subject line. Entries close 30 December.

Your Say - we want to hear from you! Travel guides 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 some goodies.

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