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WORKgateways UK e-newsletter

Monthly e-News for the UK Working Traveller

August 2008, Volume 4 Issue 8

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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What?s not to love about August in the UK? Summer?s at its peak, the sun is shining, there?s festivals galore and everyone?s enjoying outdoor beer gardens and pubs. It?s prime time for jobs too ? with recruiters continually looking out for good candidates across tons of industries like trades and labour, admin, engineering and construction, social work, architecture and more. What are you waiting for?

What's new

Wanted: tradesmen, labourers and administrative staff

The UK is a hub of development, especially in the lead up to the 2012 Olympic Games in London, and there is huge demand for Tradespeople, Labourers and Office Support staff.

UK recruitment agency CarmichaelUK recently expanded into two new sectors - Trades and Labour and Office Support - to meet the increase in requirements from their clients. They are on the lookout for secretarial and administrative staff, as well as tradespeople in areas like plastering, bricklaying, plumbing, carpentry and more. Positions are available in contract, temporary and permanent roles - perfect either for working holiday makers looking for a flexible job, or for those who would like to make a more long-term commitment. Find out more about Building/Trades and Labour jobs here and about Office/Admin jobs here.

Register with recruitment agencies like CarmichaelUK today, to ensure you get people who can connect you with the main contractors and make the most of your skills and experience. Find out more about opportunities with CarmichaelUK in Trades and Labour and in Office Support now. Or do a UK job search.

Opportunities in Dubai: interviews for Transport, Highways and Health & Safety jobs on now

Beresford Blake Thomas is working exclusively in partnership with RTA, Dubai?s Road & Traffic authority and has some exciting opportunities available in Dubai

Dubai?s Infrastructure market continues to boom with more opportunities than ever to work on some of the world?s leading projects. Dubai's Road & Traffic Authority is currently looking for professionals across the following sectors with previous experience working for a consultancy or government organisation: Traffic & Transport; Highways and Health & Safety.

RTA will be interviewing candidates from around with world, including those based in Australia & New Zealand, via video conference at BBT?s offices in Dubai. To find out more, please contact Rebecca Dyke at BBT's Auckland office by email or telephone +64 (0)9 354 7200. You can also check out the

Over 20,000 jobs at WORKgateways

With over 20,000 jobs across all industries, WORKgateways is the place to get your UK job search started

From architecture, engineering, construction and town planning to teaching, social work, admin and hospitality jobs - WORKgateways has tons of job opportunities all over the UK.

Don't know how to get started planning your UK working holiday? First, find out about your UK visa options then read about the industry you want to work in. Research will be key to your success in the UK, as well as registering with the right recruitment agencies and understanding the best time to apply for jobs. Check out our website for info on the basic steps to getting a UK job. Every industry is different so make sure you know where you stand.

You can also register with recruitment agencies and apply to UK jobs. Or, if you have more questions, check out our UK job search FAQs.


Traveller focus: another new arrival in London


Ben, 25, is another of the many Aussies taking a leap over the pond. Six months on, he tells us what he thinks of his new life as a working traveller in the UK.

WORKgateways: What were your first impressions of London?
I hadn't been to London before but my first impressions were an almost paradoxical mixture of familiarity and surprise. The city has an instantly recognisable and unmistakable identity which immediately grabs you. Somehow, this sense of identity was exactly what I expected. On the other hand, there were aspects of the city which I found surprising. The London of my imagination was dominated by narrow alleyways, pollution and grey skies. All of this certainly exists but there is also a lot more beauty than I had expected. Some of the architecture in the city is amazing.

WORKgateways: What is your favourite thing about living in the UK?
There are huge number of (mostly obvious) attractions to living in the UK. Socially, professionally and in terms of life experience, the UK has a great deal to offer. The opportunities for travel throughout Europe are fantastic. Even a weekend in New York doesn't put too much of a strain on the wallet. My favourite thing though, is simply getting to know the various areas of London. There is always something going on and always somewhere new to explore.

WORKgateways: What do you think the benefits of taking a working holiday in the UK are?
The professional benefits of living in the UK can be very rewarding. Of course, not all professions are created equally and everybody's experience will be different. But having said that, the UK is home to far greater opportunities than many other places and people generally fall on their feet. I found the initial stage of trying to get my first UK job challenging but once I got through that, things got a lot better very quickly. Even in the short amount of time I've been working here, I've learnt a great deal and feel as though the experience I'm getting will be hugely beneficial to my career.

WORKgateways: piece of advice would you give people planning their working holiday?
Getting settled in London (i.e. finding your perfect place to live and your perfect job) can be pretty tricky and the first few months can be pretty tough. Persevering is worthwhile though! Do all the annoying things, such as updating your CV and contacting a recruitment agency, before you arrive. Plan as much as you can before you get here but don't be scared off when those plans don't work out the way you expected.

WORKgateways: And finally - your favourite place to go out in London?
I spend most of my time in north and east London. Place like Old Street have some great clubs. My favourite place would have to be Brick Lane though: awesome markets during the day; amazing Indian and Pakistani restaurants for dinner; and some great venues to kick-on afterwards.

For more information about UK planning jobs, including pay rates and earning potential, visit Town Planning Jobs UK at WORKgateways. Find out more about BBT by visiting their profile.

Get your UK working holiday started — read about UK visas and do a UK job search now.

What's on in the UK?

August is alive with festivals - here are some of our favourites you shouldn't miss! If you're not in the UK yet, bookmark them for next year.

Edinburgh International Festival (8-31 August) — Edinburgh itself is a gorgeous town, but in August it's also home to this major annual festival of classical music, theatre, opera and dance.

Shoreditch Festival (16-24 August) — This funky area of London is holding its annual festival this year with two themes: sports and arts. Loads of performances and games to take part in.

Notting Hill Carnival (23-25 August) — On the other side of London is the crazy, colourful and world-famous Notting Hill carnival. The elegant streets of this upmarket suburb come alive with Caribbean dancers, coconut-wielding revellers, spectacular floats, steel drums and pineapple cocktails. Lots of fun and an essential part of the working holiday experience 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.

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WIN! ?20 Ryanair flight vouchers


Take advantage of the great deals on budget flights between the UK and Europe - get a helping hand with a Ryanair flight voucher.

Travel is a big part of living in the UK. To help you with your travel plans, we have two ?20 flight vouchers for Ryanair to give away (which must be used to book flights in the next six months, and used to fly in the next 12 months). To be in the running, all you have do to is email us with 'FLIGHTS' in the subject line (and your mailing address). Entries close end of August.

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 Emily enjoying the iconi windmills of Mykonos, Greece. To say thanks, we'll be sending her a new Lonely Planet guide to Barcelona.

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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