WORKgateways UK e-newsletter
Monthly e-News for the UK Working Traveller
April 2009, Volume 5 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.
- Changes to Tier 1 requirements
- 'Work in the UK' information sessions in Australia
- Teaching in the UK - your update
- Industry of the month: Social Work
- Number one traveller tip: UK banking
- Traveller's tales - the good life in London
- UK events in April
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Finally daylight saving is here, and the UK summer has officially begun! OK, so we're all not wallowing in sunshine just yet, but spirits are high and plans are afoot for what will hopefully be a long, hot summer. This month, check out the VITAL information we have on the changes to the Tier 1 (general) visa and get essential info for teachers and social workers. Don't forget to enter our competition to win your bible - the Lonely Planet guide to England that is!
From 31 March, the academic and financial requirements for the Tier 1 (general) visa have changed, raising the bar for candidates wanting to work in the UK
The changes to the Tier 1 (general) have now come into effect and mean that applicants will have to now earn at least ?20,000 and have the equivalent of a UK Master's degree to qualify for the visa (previous requirements were a bachelor's degree and earnings of ?17,000).
Visa agencies expect that many more applicants currently in the UK on working holiday visas who are no longer eligible for Tier 1 (general) will now apply for a Tier 2 sponsorship visa if they would like to extend their UK trip.
Ian Hewett from immigration consultancy Voyage Relocations International says: 'If you don't have a Master's degree and therefore do not qualify for the Tier 1 General Visa after April 1st, and you are in the UK looking to extend your time here, the Tier 2 sponsorship visa is a viable option. You need an employer licensed with the Home Office who is willing to sponsor you and they will need to complete a resident labour market test.
'If you are on a Working Holiday Maker Visa, you will have to return to your country of origin to get Entry Clearance, but the cost and effort involved could well be on par with the effort and costs your employer would incur recruiting someone to replace you. So, if you are a valued employee and have the relevant skills, it's definitely possible.'
To find out more about Tier 1 and Tier 2 visas, and to get your questions answered, visit the WORKgateways forum. If you'd like to know more about whether Voyage Relocations can assist you with your visa application, email our editor or head to the
If you're a looking for work in the UK as a teacher, doctor or health professional, don't miss one of Athona Recruitment?s useful registration days in Australia
Are you (or someone you know) looking for work in the UK?
Athona Recruitment specialises in placing Allied Health Professionals, Doctors and Teachers into some of the UK?s most sought-after jobs.
During April, they will be hosting a number of registration days across Australia where you can find out more about working overseas. Senior recruitment consultants will be on hand to offer valuable information and honest advice on making your transition to the UK a smooth and enjoyable experience.
Locations and dates:
Melbourne - Medina Grand Hotel - 8-9 April
Sydney - Rydges World Square - 13-14 April
Brisbane - Rydges South Bank - 16-17 April
For more information or to book an appointment with a consultant, please visit the Athona Recruitment website.
Alternatively, call Athona on +44 (0)1277 217777 or e-mail them.
With agencies already recruiting for the start of the 2009/2010 school year this September, now is the time to start getting your visa sorted and looking around for employment opportunities
It's a few months yet until the beginning of the new school year in September but recruitment agencies are experiencing a high demand for qualified candidates. Teachers most in demand are Maths, Science, Resistant Materials and ICT teachers.
Vicky Wright from recruitment agency Bluewave Education says 'We currently have positions in almost every area across England. The South East and the counties surrounding London generally have a high proportion of vacancies when compared to other areas. At Bluewave, we will actively market our teachers in their desired location whether this be in London or rural Cumbria!'
Vicky also advises that you should do your homework: 'The more research you do prior to arrival the easier your transition will be. Using an organisation like Bluewave is also important as we are here to ensure this process is as hassle-free as possible for our teachers.'
WORKgateways can help you land a fantastic social work job in the UK - we've got all the info you need, plus we're connected with industry-leading recruiters
If you are qualified social worker looking to expand your horizons, then the UK could be the place for you. We're connected with three leading recruiters in the field: BBT, Eden Brown and SWIM and have all the info you need about getting a job as a Social Worker in the UK.
Four easy steps to get you started:
- Investigate your UK visa options. If you have any questions, check out our helpful forum.
- Find out about registering with UK industry body, GSCC (General Social Care Council). Registration can take up to 16 weeks so plan ahead.
- Find out about getting your Police Clearance Certificate. You can contact your local police or, if you are Australian, contact the Australian Federal Police.
- Get your CV sorted and register with our expert recruitment agencies.
We've said it before and we'll say it again - one of the best traveller tips we can give you is to organise your bank account before you leave for the UK. Fortunately, we can help...
Organising a bank account before you leave home will save you a lot of needless stress when you get to the UK - our bank account start up packages make life easier for travellers as they bypass the red tape the banks will place in front of you if you try to organise it yourself. It's one of our favourite recommendations for working travellers due to arrive in the UK within the next few months.
Read more about why you should purchase a UK bank account package at our UK banking page and check out some of the great, affordable options we have on offer. Just apply online today and on the helpful consultants will get in touch with you.
Klara, 26, from Sydney has been living in the UK for almost 12 months and works in events management. Despite all the doom and gloom that's been around lately, she's still having a ball.
WG: What has your last year been like?
Klara: Time has absolutely flown since I arrived but when I look back on what I've done and experiences I've had, it?s pretty incredible ? I was lucky enough to land a job within a week of arriving so have been employed full time and have met some fantastic people. Summer last year was full of festivals like Lovebox, gigs, checking out the city?s clubs and bars, meeting new people and getting to know London. I also booked in a load of trips and went to Greece, Ibiza, Prague, Scotland, Moscow, Chamonix, Berlin, Amalfi Coast and I'm about to head to Lisbon.
WG: What is your favourite thing about living in the UK?
Klara: There is such a variety of things to do all the time - you can do anything on your own and never feel alone. People are so used to travellers over here and are really open, welcoming and easy to get along with. That and the fact that it is basically under three hours to anywhere in Europe!
WG: us a bit about your job in events management...
Klara: I definitely recommend touching base with agencies and any of your contacts before moving over here. Set your meetings up and get a good understanding of the market before you arrive. I met with a recruitment company who I contacted when I was still in Sydney and then again as soon as I arrived in London. Within three days, I had an interview with an events agency and was offered the job. I started out freelancing on a short term contract that was then extended and evolved into a permanent position. Quite possibly I was just very lucky, particularly as I arrived at the start of summer when the events industry is hotting up, but overall, I think you really need to be open minded about your employment opportunities when you first arrive because it is a competitive market.
WG: At the moment everyone is looking to save some extra cash - do you have any pound pinching tips for other working travellers?
Klara: It can be challening living on a budget in London but little things like preparing your meals at home, checking out free activities like museums and public events (there are tons around), and getting last minute deals on your travel, all work. I also try (it doesn?t always work!) to have one weekend a month where I don?t go out. It?s hard to do but can easily save you ?150! In terms of travelling, the only advice I have is book as far in advance as you can ? you can pick up flights dirt cheap if you?re organised. Also check out websites like Last Minute, Easyjet Holidays, or Teletext Holidays for cheap package deals, and get the best flights on websites like Skyscanner.
Spring has sprung and there's lots going on to entice you outdoors
Easter long weekend (10-14 April) — A deliciously long four-day weekend is the highlight of Easter for a lot of people and if you?re in the UK, there are lot of options for fun stuff to do. It?s a great excuse to head off on a deserved short break (without having to use any of those precious holidays) or if you fancy staying in town, check out what?s on in London.
Shakespeare's birthday (23 April) — Stratford-upon-Avon is a gorgeous village town in the English countryside, and it's also the birthplace of the legendary playwright, Sir William Shakespeare. Visit the town for his birthday celebration to see the annual procession and special literary, poetry and music events as well as the town's historic houses (even if you're not a Shakespeare buff, it's an interesting day out).
ANZAC Day (25 April) — You might be far from home but you can still celebrate the ANZAC spirit - whether it be in an antipodean venue in the UK, or at ANZAC Cove in Gallipoli, Turkey. A dawn service will be held at the Australian War Memorial in Hyde Park London and other events will be held across the UK.
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You mightn't realise, judging from how many working travellers call it home, but there is more to England than London...
From sandy beaches to quaint villages, gorgeous seaside towns and happening cities, England has more varied destinations than you can shake a stick at. You'd be surprised at how many great trips you can take from London, or perhaps you're scoping out alternative places to live, like Manchester or Bristol?
We have five copies of the NEW Lonely Planet England guide to giveaway, just email us with 'ENGLAND' in the subject line(and your mailing address). Entries close end of April.
Winners of last month's ISTANBUL ENCOUNTER giveaway: Sylvia Woo, London, UK; Lisa Rutland, London, UK; Ryan McVey, QLD, Australia; Tim Swane, Carlisle, UK; Leah Cutler, London, UK
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's winner is this pic of Lina, making her first Snow Angel in Paris while on holiday from the UK.
This was my first encounter with snow. I mean real snow. When I was holidaying in Paris over the new year, it snowed quite a bit so this was my first ever 'Snow Angel'." Lina
To say thanks, we're sending Lina 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.