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WORKgateways UK e-newsletter

Monthly e-News for the UK Working Traveller

May 2008, Volume 4 Issue 5

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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May is a month of fun in the UK - there's two long weekends and hints in the air that summer is on it's way. It's also a perfect time to arrive in the UK as the weather is getting warmer and its an exciting time to be in Britain. This month, check out upcoming events, important visa news, and if Architecture is your game, then we've got a recruitment update for you. A special thank you to BBT this month, for helping us make our newsletter even better!

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What's on in Britain?

As the weather warms up, there's tons of festivals, exhibitions and great things to see and do all over the UK throughout May. Here are some of our favourites - perfect for new arrivals or seasoned UK working travellers keen to taste some of what the UK has to offer...

The Brighton Festival (until 25 May) — An already cracking destination, Brighton gets even more lively in May when the Festival comes to town. It's a huge cultural festival, with a great programme of theatre, dance, music, books & debate, plus exclusive events and world premieres.

The FA Cup Final (Saturday, 17 May) — The FA cup is the biggest domestic football competition (that's soccer to newer arrivals) in England and on this third Saturday in May, the country will be firmly gripped with football fever. This year's contenders are Portsmouth and Cardiff, so expect some fierce Welsh Vs English rivalry in pubs and bars across the nation.

Chelsea Flower Show (20-24 May) — OK, so it might sound a bit lame, but the Chelsea Flower Show is the talk of the town when it lands at the end of May. Even if you've got nothing close to a green thumb, the astounding garden and floral displays, expert demonstrations and stunning exhibits can easily provide a day's entertainment. Tickets start from around ?20.

UK immigration news: plans for Tier 2 and Tier 5 announced

The next phase of the UK's new immigration system has been announced with details for the new Tier 2 visa level that will override the current work permit system

Foreign workers hoping to fill skilled vacancies in Britain's labour market will have to meet new criteria, the Government announced on 6 May. The new scheme will replace the current work permit system and will require international workers to earn a certain number of points before being allowed to work in the UK.

These points will only be awarded if a person can prove they will be doing skilled work, speak a good standard of English, and are earning more than ?24,000, or have a decent qualification. Employers will need a licence from the UK Border Agency to offer jobs to skilled workers.

The Home Office also announced plans for the new Tier 5 - Youth Mobility visa, which will replace the working holiday visa. Look out for more updates on this new Tier, as they come to light.

For more information, stay tuned to WORKgateways, or check out the UK Border Agency website.

If you've already got your visa sorted, 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!


Recruitment focus: all about Architecture

The Architecture industry in the UK is a wealth of opportunity for working travellers and Architecture professionals looking for a great career move and invaluable experience. This month we got the latest update from Architecture recruiter Ben Humphries from Opus Careers.

WORKgateways: What's the current outlook for Architecture jobs in the UK like?
There are a lot of opportunities for Architecture professionals in the UK at the moment, especially in London where there are lots of international practices working on large international projects in places like the Middle East, India and China. Outside London there are also jobs in centres like The Midlands, Manchester, Edinburgh and Glasgow. We do find it's sometimes easier to start off working at a practice in London, and then once you have 3-6 months experience behind you, you can have the freedom to move around the country if you like.

WORKgateways: What kind of experience does the ideal candidate have?
It's much easier to get jobs for candidates that have at least two years' professional experience behind them when they come to the UK. If they are on a working holiday visa, these candidates can easily get contracts or be hired for one year (and then possibly sponsored if they need to be).

WORKgateways: Any tips for candidates looking to land a UK Architecture job?
It's a great idea to make sure you have a selection of work (drawings, elevations etc) in PDF or JPEG format, so recruiters can give potential employers a visual example of your work and experience. Some employers like to see portfolios, too. These days anything that makes you stand out amongst other candidates is a good thing. If you view your time in the UK as an important career move as well as a working holiday, you've got the right attitude.

For more information about UK architecture jobs, including pay rates and earning potential, visit Architecture Jobs UK at WORKgateways.

Get you UK jobs search started. Register with agencies or apply to jobs now.

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.

The British pound - what's the story?

The great news for Australians, Kiwis and South Africans is that the British pound has taken a bit of a slide over the past few months.

New lows were reached in the GBP/AUD a few weeks ago when it plummeted to 2.08. It's now changing hands through our recommended money transfer partner Tranzfers at around 2.1260.

If you need to transfer money between the UK and your home country, 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! Lonely Planet guide to Scotland


Home to some of the UK's most astounding landscapes, fascinating cities and the broadest accent, no trip to Britain is complete without an adventure up north to Scotland.

Despite its small size, Scotland has many treasures crammed into its small size. And it's also got a completely different identity to its Welsh, Irish and English cousins, making it a must-see for working travellers. We've got five of these brand new Lonely Planet Scotland guides to help you plan your trip. To be in the running, all you have do to is email us with 'SCOTLAND' in the subject line (and your mailing address). Entries close 31 May.

Our winners from last month's giveaway of Ryanair flight vouchers were: Wendy Law and Melanie Chirwa. Winners have been contacted.

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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