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WORKgateways UK e-newsletter

Monthly e-News for the UK Working Traveller

October 2008, Volume 4 Issue 10

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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With just a couple short months to go before Christmas, Britain is wavering between beautiful sunny days and gorgeous, frosty nights. It's the perfect time to arrive, to get settled into a new job and new home (and gradually acclimatise!) just in time for the festive season. Read our recruitment update for the latest on the UK economy and the last turbulent weeks, plus all about jobs in Dubai, jobs in the UK and more backpacking adventures.

What's new

The UK economy - what's the story?

September has been a tumultuous month for the UK economy with events like the collapse of US finance giant Lehmann Brothers leaving 5,000 UK staff redundant and the merger between high-street bank Lloyd?s TSB and HBOS. So what does this mean for working travellers and job seekers?

It?s an interesting time for the UK economy. UK recruitment consultants on the frontline have reported that despite panic surrounding the ?UK credit crunch?, they are still recruiting and qualified working travellers are still much in demand, albeit in a more competitive environment than in past years.

While the financial sector has been hit quite hard in the short-term, accounting positions including qualified accountants, auditors and accounts support roles are still in solid demand. Ultimately it will be your skills and experience that determine your ability to land that UK finance job. Architecture jobs associated with housing have slowed significantly however roles associated with commercial, healthcare and retail are still available, although the market is a little more challenging.

The UK?s flexible labour market allows for people to get into work via contract, temporary and interim positions that can lead into permanent work ? a common route for working travellers. WORKgateways always advocates that everyone considering a move to the UK should contact recruitment consultants BEFORE they go to the UK. That way you know which sectors are performing well and what your opportunities are. Register with UK recruitment agencies.

As for other industries, the situation is still very positive. Health care, Education, and Engineering and Construction for example are all thriving and desperately need good candidates. Tradesmen and Admin professionals are also required, especially in the lead up to the London 2012 Olympics. Town planning and Social Care professional roles are also expected to do relatively well since public spending will likely increase in some areas.

For candidates on working holiday visas, there are even more opportunities for contracts (short-term or long-term) and temporary positions. If the new Youth Mobility Visa stands up to it?s promise of two years? permission to work for eligible applicants, rather than the current 12 months, more opportunities for permanent positions should be available to working travellers next year.

Working in the Middle East

With nearly 20 years? experience supplying candidates to work in the Middle East, Beresford Blake Thomas (BBT) is one the region?s leading recruitment specialists. Director of BBT Global Resourcing, Daniel Griggs, comments on the current climate and opportunities in the region

For some time, demand has been outstripping supply in Dubai and the trend has been spreading across the region. Abu Dhabi, Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman and Qatar are all trying to compete in what is a very lucrative operation.

Some sectors are in need of more staff than others: Construction (Project Managers, Architects and Engineers) tops the list, with Tourism, Sales and Marketing, HR, and Accounting and Finance following.

The fact that salaries are tax-free is a big attraction, but more significant is the fact that you will be working on great projects and the benefits of having this kind of experience on your CV. With more than a trillion dollars? worth of projects planned that have funding which is unlikely to be affected by the credit crunch, the sheer quantity of opportunities in the Middle East is higher than ever.

If you are considering a move to the region, it is important to apply via a reputable recruitment consultancy. Specialists in multiple sectors, BBT are well established with 7 offices across the region, enabling candidates to benefit from a wealth of local knowledge and expertise.

In addition to our staff based in Dubai and other Middle East hotspots, we have a team of consultants specialising in this market based across the globe, giving you a local point of contact before moving overseas. Find out more via the BBT Global website or register with BBT on WORKgateways.

If you're ready to take the next step to Dubai, check out all the fab new info we've got for you on WORKgateways. See WORKgateways: Next Stop Dubai and read all about Dubai's expat community, society and culture, working life and Dubai visas.

Over 21,000 jobs on WORKgateways

We?ve got tons of jobs on WORKgateways waiting for the right candidate - is it you?

From social workers to engineers, teachers to tradesmen, and chefs to secretaries, we have over 21,000 jobs on WORKgateways looking for the right people. Why not register with UK recruitment agencies and apply to UK jobs today. Or, if you have more questions about a UK job search, check out our UK job search FAQs.

Before working in the UK, you'll obviously have to get your UK visa sorted. We get a lot of questions from visa applicants, so we?ve recently updated our Visa FAQ page with a selection of the most important things you need to know. Check out the new information or to ask your own question, visit the WORKgateways forum. Make sure you get the latest updates about the new Youth Mobility Visa and the new UK points-based visa system.


Backpacker adventures


WORKgateways is all for new experiences and global adventure. For all those of you who aim to travel a bit on your way to the UK, on the way home, or even while you're there, here are some tales from backpacker blogger, Chris, currently in Cambodia on a solo trip around the world.

"Sometimes travel adventures come without warning and without cost. Tahiti was my first stop on a trip around the world. My host was a French doctor named Sam with whom I connected before departing home via the popular traveler's social network, Couchsurfing.

"On my last night, Sam had to transport his motorcycle from his old home atop a mountain overlooking Papeete, the capital of French Polynesia, to his new home at sea level, across the road from a beautiful black sand beach on the opposite end of the city. He asked me to drive his VW Polo while he took the motorcycle. We headed out of Papeete toward his old house, in the dark, after an hour's rain. The highway was fine, however we then pulled onto a local road that began to climb up what felt like a mountain. I could feel my ears pop on the way up. He swerved all over the place to miss potholes, broken branches and leaves strewn all over the wet asphalt. We then hit a 200-metre stretch of muddy road, where the street lights stopped, and he navigated multiple hairpin turns. Finally, we reached the apex of whatever we were climbing, whereupon there was a house with a view of the distant twinkling lights below.

"By the time we reached the top, my nerves were going AWOL. I anxiously confessed to Sam that I didn't know if I could do it. I tried not to picture the precipitous cliffs that lined the road I was about to head down (at night, after the rain remember). My pleadings were rebuffed by Sam's confidence in me. I put the car in 1st gear, and off we went.

"I'm sure I was hunched over the wheel like a 90-year old grandmother. I let the car go slowly down, braking softly for fear of skidding off the mountain. Sam went slowly, and after passing a few of the hairpin turns, I started to breathe a little easier. I reminded myself not to get overconfident because even after we hit the lit asphalt section, the road was still wet, and there were crazy dogs that ran out at us at one point. Sam pulled up to me and gave me his cell phone in case it rained, which meant if we lost each other, I was in a bit of trouble! A few minutes later he pulled up and gave me his left side mirror which accidentally broke off. I had to laugh then. We breezed down the highway, through quiet Papeete, and onward to his new home.

"I have had several amazing experiences as a result of being open to the hospitality of fellow travelers on the Couchsurfing site. While Sam was the only one to challenge me with a death-defying drive, they have all helped me to see their home towns from the local perspective."

Read more about Chris' adventures, or set him a dare to complete, at his worldwide travel blog - Go Backpacking.

What's on in the UK?

Don't worry that the days are getting slightly cooler. Here?s our pick of things to do in October...

London Film Festival (15-30 October) — Showcasing the best films from around the world in venues across London, the 52nd BFI London Film Festival aims to capture the resonance and reach of cinema. With a mix of world-renowned directors alongside up-and-coming stars and films from over 40 countries, there's sure to be something for everyone. Tickets start from just ?6 so there's no excuse not to get involved!

Diwali on the Square (19 October) — A major Indian and Nepalese festival celebrating Hinduism, Sikhism and Jainsim, that is widely celebrated across the UK. Usually celebrated with a 'festival of lights' and fireworks, this year you can celebrate on Trafalgar Square with storytelling, dance, and music.

Bonfire Night (5 November) — The anniversary of the night Guy Fawkes tried to blow up the British parliament with his failed 'Gunpowder plot' is now a huge night of celebration across the UK, with tons of fireworks, carnivals and bonfire parties. Brave the winter cold and get into the British spirit!

One stop shop for UK bank accounts

Make your first few weeks in the UK hassle-free and save on international transaction fees by getting a UK bank account sorted asap.

You can 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.

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Lonely Planet New York Guide

WIN! Lonely Planet guide to New York

Whether you want to strut your stuff through Manhattan Sex-and-the- City-style, see the Yankees play or escape to Central Park, New York City is the stuff dreams are made of

Get your fashion, glamour and culture fix in one of the most exciting cities in the world - and it's only about seven hours from the UK! We've got five copies of the brand new Lonely Planet guide to New York to give away, all you have do to is email us with 'NEW YORK' in the subject line (and your mailing address). Entries close end of October.

Winners of last month's Year of Festivals giveaway: Bee Vere, Cairns, Australia; Kylie Etherton, Auckland; Ben Logan, Bristol, UK; Hayley Vink, Victoria, London; Dan Treasure, Edinburgh, Scotland.

WORKgateways shows your favourite photos


We want to share your UK adventures - so every month we will select a photo you have sent us of a great memory from your travels in the UK or Europe. This month, here's a pic from Daisy who currently lives in Leeds, enjoying Windemere in the Lakes District. To say thanks, we'll be sending her a new Lonely Planet city guide to Venice!

So, to get your own goodie (a travel book or flight voucher) send us a photo of you enjoying your working holiday in the UK or on holiday in Europe and we'll send you a little something to say thanks. If we pick your photo to feature in our newsletter, we'll send you a little something to say thanks. Email our newsletter editor with your favourite snap.

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