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WORKgateways UK e-newsletter

Monthly e-News for the UK Working Traveller

March 2008, Volume 4 Issue 3

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.

Contents

What's new

Focus

In every issue


Welcome

The biggest news this month is the launch of the new Australian-style points-based immigration system in the UK that is set to change remarkably over the next year. The first cab off the ranks is the Tier 1 - Highly Skilled category. Find out here how it has changed and where you can find out more, and stay tuned to this newsletter and WORKgateways forum for more updates as they come to light. This month we also have some advice from some working travellers who have paved the way in front of you, and of course some fab Lonely Planet guides up for grabs!


What's new

New points-based immigration system goes live

The first phase of the new UK points-based immigration system was launched at the end of February with the Tier 1 (general) Highly Skilled worker which will replace the current Highly Skilled Migrant Programme.

The new regulations will be applied to all new applications from highly skilled foreign nationals already in the United Kingdom and to all highly skilled foreign nationals currently working in Britain who want to extend their stay.

Under these new regulations working holidaymakers will not be able to switch to Highly Skilled Migrant Programme category from within the UK. If applying from outside the UK you must also have savings of at least ?2,400 and if you are applying from within the UK you must have at least ?800. There are also different requirements for proving your English language ability.

For more information about the new points-based system, visit the forum.

Working traveller tips - living outside London

This month we've got some working traveller advice from Tim, an Australian living in Bristol...

'When seeking work in the UK, many expats will not look beyond London. Whilst it is a brilliant city to live and work in, there are a number of other UK cities which have a revitalised urban scene and vibrant job markets. The cost of living in is arguably a little less in than in London and it is often easier to travel into the countryside.'
Tim, Aussie living in Bristol

Work opportunities for travellers in some industries are also much better outside of London because there is less competition. Find out more about living outside of London.

Do a UK job search now! (if you would like to select jobs outside of London, just change your location preferences).

Is your UK job waiting for you?

With WORKgateways you can gain access to over 16,500 UK jobs in the UK.

With WORKgateways, you can apply to individual jobs AND register with leading UK agencies in your field. With one site and one log-in you gain access to the whole UK before you leave home, and while you travel!

Plus there's heaps more useful info on the site that you might not have seen yet. Find out how to maximise your UK job search and when the best time is to start applying to jobs and registering with agencies. We've also got our Essential Tips to ensure you head in the right direction.


Focus

Arriving in London - getting to grips with the Oyster

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No, the Brits haven?t gone mad for seafood ? the Oyster card is the key to the London transport network and our Canadian correspondent in London, Chris Burgess, tells you here how to get to grips with the system.

Whether for work or play, one thing you'll be doing a lot of in London is travelling around. Greater London is an immense place and unless you?re super rich and can afford to take a cab everywhere, you'll be relying on the public transport system - trams, trains, light rail, buses and of course the legendary London Underground, known to locals as the Tube. Your key to all these elements is the Oyster card.

What does it do and how do I use it?
The Oyster is an electronic card carried by all Londoners that allows you easily pay for your travels. You can either 'pay as you go', which involves 'topping up' your card at a tube station or shop and the Oyster system will deduct the cost of your trip when you 'touch in' at the beginning and end of your journey. You can also purchase travel cards valid for 7 day or monthly/yearly periods.

What does it cost?
Get your first Oyster for ?3 and start saving straight away. The London tube map is divided into Zones. A peak hours trip from Zone 1 to Zone 2 on the tube will cost you ?4 with a cash fare but only ?2 with an Oyster card; any bus trip will cost ?2 for a cash fare and only 90p with an Oyster card, and DLR travel is ?1.50 per trip for cash fares and ?1 with an Oyster card.

Any other perks?
You can also register your Oyster card online to protect your credit in case your Oyster gets lost. Registration online also allows you a convenient means of checking your recent journey history, quite handy if you need to remember the name of a particular tube station you might have visited or the date you went to a certain place.

Registering online always means you can set up your card to be automatically topped up via your debit or credit card to avoid queuing on busy mornings.

For more info about the London Underground and the Oyster card out, check out Transport for London.

Chris Burgess is a Canadian currently in London on an ancestry visa. He's also one of the moderators on our WORKgateways forum, where you can ask any question about life or work in the UK.

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.

Latest financial update from our money transfer partners

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

GBP/AUD:The AUD has had a small hit in its recent stellar run against the major currencies allowing the GBP to gain over 300 points against it during Tuesdays Australian trading. This was the result of weaker-than-expected retail sales figures for January. Although the drop in the Aussie has helped the GBP/AUD cross rate rally somewhat, it is yet to break resistance around the 2.14 mark. The AUD may well show more strength in times to come.

Find out more about international money transfers. You might also like to check out our handy guides to maximixing your UK earnings and to UK cost of living information.


In every issue

WIN! Lonely Planet guides to Puglia/Basilicata region in Italy

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Be one of the first to get your hands on the brand new Lonely Planet guide to the Puglia and Basilicata regions of southern Italy. We have five copies to give away.

The New York Times voted Puglia and Basilicata two of southern Italy's most up-and-coming destinations - and rightly so. This region burgeons with huge summer music gigs, unspoilt market towns and rural life. Dance the taranta till dawn, indulge in bizarre pagan festivals, go hiking in the Pollino Park and savour those sun-ripened southern tomatoes.

All you have to do to win is email us with 'PUGLIE' in the subject line (and your mailing address). Entries close 30 March.

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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