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WORKgateways UK e-newsletter

Monthly e-News for the UK Working Traveller

April 2008, Volume 4 Issue 4

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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After the shake-up of the immigration system and the new rules for the Tier 1 - Highly Skilled visa, it's a tumultuous time for some working travellers already in the UK who want to extend their stay. The good news is though that the job market is as strong as ever, and once you have your visa in your hot little hands, the UK will be your oyster. So get your working holiday visa, HSMP or work permit and get searching! As always, WORKgateways is here to help...

What's new

The latest UK recruitment update

Despite the current concerns in the finance industry, all other UK sectors interested in recruiting working travellers are performing well

A recruitment survey performed by Manpower shows that UK business industries recruiting above the national average are Utilities, Community & Social, and Manufacturing. Hiring confidence has improved in the Hotels & Retail industries, as well as in Construction.

'There is a huge demand for qualified professionals across the board, and I have particularly noticed an increase in demand in the UK hospitality and social work sector recently,' says WORKgateways founder Quinn Askeland.

The general outlook in the financial sector is still positive, however it is likely that large financial institutions will be reviewing their staffing requirements over the next few months. Contact recruitment agencies for more specific information.

The job boom outside London continues with regional employers generally reporting positive recruitment plans. There is particular demand for qualified architecture, construction, engineering and healthcare professionals.

To read about your industry and your job prospects in the UK, go to WORKgateways and register with agencies or search for jobs.

News for traffic and transport engineers

Transport is a huge industry in the UK. More than 1.8 billion passenger trips were made on london buses alone in 2006/07. The good news is that this means qualified professionals in this area are very much in high demand

The scope of UK projects are impressive in their size and diversity. The UK?s need to both maintain old and develop new infrastructure is fuelled by a strong and globally-influential economy; the increasing demands of an expanding population; and the need to develop for the 2012 Olympics.

Traffic and transport engineering projects in the UK include highway tunnel schemes, motorway extension and widening and road user pricing projects.

As with all types of engineering jobs in the UK, if you are moving from overseas it is preferable to have at least 2 years or more experience. Graduates may be able to find suitable employment, however an employer who is investing in your training may require a time commitment which, depending on your visa situation, you might not be able to guarantee.

Traffic and transport engineers with 2 - 6+ years experience will find a greater range of opportunities available to them in both contract and permanent positions. WORKgateways manages a network of the best engineering recruiters to help you reach your potential. To land that perfect job, register with agencies or apply to jobs about three months before your arrival in the UK.

For all other industries do a UK job search now!


Where to live in London

So you've arrived in London, or will be soon, and you're thinking about where to set up shop? Here some working travellers tell you where they live and why...

Putney is in the south-west of London, right on the Thames. It's a nice area with heaps of pubs, restaurants and bars - although it is full of Australians, New Zealanders and South Africans so don't come here if you want to get away from your countrymen! Putney has an overland station and two tube stations nearby so it's easily accessible to central London. Because it's a popular area, it can be quite expensive so you should definitely shop around. Our two double bedroom flat with a garden, just off the high street, is ?1640 per month. Our boroough is one of the cheapest in London for council tax though! (about ?88 per month).
Michelle, Australian living in Putney

Islington, in the east of London, is a great place to set up. In a city as big as this, location is an important consideration. Islington has it's own cool little identity with lots of great shops, cafes and pubs but it's also only a few tube stops away from Central London, which is a great advantage. Rent can be a tad expensive but if it's within your budget then it's definitely worth it!
Ben, from Australian living in Islington

Stockwell is on the border of southwest and southeast London. It's one of the most conveniently located areas to live, with great transport links to the city, north and east. It's an up-and-coming urban area with a culturally diverse population. There is a strong Portuguese community in Stockwell, leading to a great variety of uniquely mediterranean-style cafes, tavernas and delis. Stockwell is on the doorstep of Brixton and also benefits from the strong Afro-caribbean culture there. Rent prices in Stockwell are relatively cheaper than in it's neighbours Clapham and Brixton, but house prices are already on the rise and the area continues to experience increasing popularity. A renovated, 4-bedroom house is around ?2200/month, excluding council tax and bills. There is a strong gay community in Stockwell and nearby Clapham, Oval, Kennington and Brixton, many 20-30 year old professionals and lots of African and Portugese families. As with the rest of London, council blocks stand alongside million-dollar Victorian terrace homes with sprawling gardens.
Shannon, from New Zealand living in Stockwell

To find out about other areas in London, check out where to live in London, or read how about orienting yourself in London.

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.

Your options for international money transfers

A common challenge faced by travellers is sending money internationally. Bewildering arrays of choices exist for international money transfer and finding a fast, secure and inexpensive money transfer service is not always easy.

We understand, so we have put together a handy guide to international money transfers. Make sure you read all the available options before parting with your cash.

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WIN! Ryanair flight vouchers

Every working traveller in the UK is up-to-date with all the offerings from the host of budget airlines like Ryanair, Easyjet and bmi baby. This month we've got two ?20 flight vouchers to put towards your next holiday up for grabs.

While you're living and working in the UK, it's a great opportunity to travel and see the delights Europe and the northern hemisphere has to offer. To be in the running to win one of two Ryanair flight vouchers, all you have do to is email us with 'FLIGHTS' in the subject line (and your mailing address). Entries close 30 April.

Our winners from last month's giveaway of Lonely Planet guides to Puglia, Italy were: Angelene Kirk from Victoria, Australia; Sarah DelCiancio from Ontario, Canada; Rebecca Webb, Kent, UK and Greg Boyer, Ontario, Canada

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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