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WORKgateways UK e-newsletter

Monthly e-News for the UK Working Traveller

January 2009, Volume 5 Issue 1

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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While most of us are still recovering from 2008, it's time to look forward to the exciting year that lies ahead of you in 2009. To help keep you in the loop, this month's newsletter features the latest jobs update for UK industries and how they have been affected by the current global economic situation. We've also got a ton of useful visa info for you, info on the new UK bank account package, plus UK events and more prizes. Happy New Year from all of us at WORKgateways - we hope to see you having a blast in the UK in 2009!

What's new

New-look Kickstart bank account package

Organising your UK bank account is now even easier with the Kickstart UK bank account package, offered through WORKgateways in partnership with 1st Contact

For those in the know, organising your UK bank account is one of the best things you can do in preparation for your working holiday to the UK. Opening a UK bank account as a new arrival in the UK is notoriously difficult, but the good news is that all the hassle can be avoided by purchasing a bank account start-up package like 1st Contact Kickstart. It costs just $85 AUD, $99NZD or ?35 in the UK and you have the option of attending a helpful orientation session in London. With the new-look Kickstart, you don't have to attend the orientation session if you can't make it to London. Amongst other benefits and your UK bank account, Kickstart also provides you with information and assistance with your National Insurance number.

Find out more about Kickstart UK bank account package. Or, read about the UK bank account package offered by one of our other providers, Visa First.

The latest visa info on WORKgateways

2008 was a big year for UK visas, with the new UK points-based immigration system introduced in stages over the past 12 months

Get all the latest info on the UK visa that is best for you at our dedicated UK visas pages. Our writers and visa experts have compiled info on the visas most relevant for working holiday makers and professionals that visit WORKgateways and we have written info that we hope is useful and accessible for you.

Check out our new specialist info pages for the Youth Mobility Visa, Tier 1 (general) highly skilled visas and Tier 2 (general) sponsorship visas.

If you have a burning UK visa question or don't know where to start, check out our new UK Visa FAQs or visit our busy WORKgateways forum.

Over 22,900 jobs on WORKgateways

Despite all the doom and gloom being forecasted across the globe, we?ve got tons of UK jobs on WORKgateways waiting for the right candidate - is it you?

From social workers to engineers, teachers to health professionals, we have over 22,900 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. If you have any questions you can also visit the WORKgateways forum.


Your UK job update

Whilst the UK jobs market has seen better days, there are some bright spots. The public sector in particular remains strong with some solid job opportunities still available. An important thing to remember is that you should be prepared to work closely with your recruitment consultants - we advise contacting at least three to ensure you are getting adequate exposure to the positions that are available.

Social Work
There is still strong demand for social workers all across the UK and London. Be sure to apply through agencies on Workgateways before you arrive to ensure all the necessary requirements for employment are in order.

Allied Health
Allied Health professionsals, especially Speech and Language Therapists, Radiographers, Physiotherapists and OTs continue to be in very high demand. Be sure to apply through agencies on Workgateways before you arrive to ensure all the necessary requirements for emplyement are in order.

Qualified teachers are still very much in high demand all across the UK. If you want to be part of the September 2009 intake of new staff, start planning now. Read our specific teaching jobs info and register with our specialist agencies to ensure you are prepared.

Accounting/Finance and Office
The contract market has slowed considerably in these areas. Banking and Finance in particular has been reducing its workforce due to the economic uncertainty the UK is currently experiencing.

The UK Engineering sector seems to be holding up relatively well, although it too has been effected by the 'credit crunch'. On WORKgateways, engineering is still one of the areas where most of our new jobs are posted. For those engineers who are arriving in the next 6 months, you may find the time it takes to secure a position has increased and permanent positions should be considered. Specialist experience in Geotechnical, Structural, Water, Highway, Traffic and Transport and HVAC are in the highest demand. Register with agencies and apply to jobs to get your search started.

Town Planning
Although most positions in Town Planning are dependent on public spending, the need for DC planners has slowed along with deflating property prices. We are expecting a seasonal increase in demand over the April period however, with extra emphasis being placed on candiates with experience. Register with agencies and apply to jobs to get your search started.

Fortunately, due to the 2012 Olympics and ongoing rail projects, demand for construction workers and construction professionals in the London area is resilient. Building construction has been effected by the downturn, particularly housebuilding. In the long term, the infrastructure theme should benefit significantly. Register with agencies and apply to jobs to get your search started.

The architecture industry has been adversely effected by the downturn in building projects. The jobs that have decreased the most are contract positions, however they will likely be the first to recover. If you are arriving in the next 6 months, we recommend you consider permanent positions. With the new Youth Mobility Visa giving you the ability to work for a full two years, permanent positions are becoming more accessible to working holiday makers. Register with agencies and apply to jobs to get your search started.

What's on in the UK?

There's plenty of fun stuff on in January to help you kick off the New Year...

Burns' Night (25 January) - Burns' Night is the annual celebration of the Scottish poet, Robert Burns. Scotspeople celebrate with 'cockaleekie' (chicken and leek) soup, and meals including haggis, turnips, potatoes and sherry trifle (also known as 'tipsy laird'). So, don your kilt and host your own Burn's Night supper and get in to the spirit!

Australia Day (26 January) - Just because you're over the pond doesn't mean you have to miss out on all the Australia Day celebrations. There are plenty of Aussie shindigs going on in pubs across the capital and the rest of the nation on this revered day (especially in the infamous Walkabout chain of Antipodean pubs), so look out what's going on at your local. You may not get the day off work, but you can still pretend you're having a barbie in the sunshine listening to the Triple J hottest 100.

Chinese New Year (26 January -1 February) - Chinese New Year is the biggest festival of the year in Chinese communities. There are all sorts of exciting events happening in Central London to celebrate the arrival of the Chinese Year of the Ox, including a parade, lion dances, fireworks and performances.

In every issue

WIN! Encounter guide to Athens

For the best guide for a short trip to Athens, check out the new Encounter guide from Lonely Planet, and we have five to give away

What will your Athens encounter be? Jostling through the colourful Athens Central Market - gastronomic highlight of the Athinas market district? Reliving the drama and glory of classical Athens along the Ancient Promenade? Or catching the sunrise on the beach after a hedonistic night in a glam Glyfada club? FInd out about it all in this handy little guide.

If you want to to win a Lonely Planet Athens Encounter guide, just email us with 'ATHENS' in the subject line(and your mailing address). Entries close end of January.

Winners of last month's BIG TRIP giveaway: Jill Hall, QLD Australia; Jarred Dons, London, UK; Glen McLeod-Thorpe, WA, Australia; Kelley McLean, London, UK; Cally Smith, Shadwell, UK

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 Janet getting to grips with the wildlife in Derbyshire, UK. To say thanks, we'll be sending her a travel guide.

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. Email our newsletter editor with your favourite snap.

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