WORKgateways UK e-newsletter
Monthly e-News for the UK Working Traveller
August 2009, Volume 5 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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The British summer sunshine may be a little more sporadic than we had hoped right now, but there's still plenty of reasons to be enjoying the UK this August. Not only is the festival calendar teeming with smashing events, but there's so much to see and do at this time of year you'll won't have time to fit it all in. On to more practical topics... this month we have great info for nurses looking to make the move to London or anywhere else in the UK, plus an essential recruitment update and helpful visa, bank account and money transfer info. Enjoy...
Summer is in full swing, bringing with it a plethora of festivals far and wide. From music to culture and dancing, there's something for everyone looking to party in the UK in August. Here are our picks...
Reading Festival and Leeds Festival (28–30 August): With a line-up consisting of Kings of Leon, Radiohead and the Arctic Monkeys, these two are stalwarts on the UK festival calender — Reading Festival has been entertaining crowds since the 1960s. Tickets are now Sold Out so you'll have to resort to friends, touts or eBay to get your pass.
South West Four, Clapham Common (30 August): One of London's biggest dance festivals, south of the river in the Antipodean enclave that is Clapham. See Armand Van Buren, Sasha & John Digweed, David Guetta and more...
Notting Hill Carnival (30 and 31 August): Shake your booty and down that rum - this crazy carnival in London's northeast is one of the best wildest and best free festivals in the UK. Monday is the biggest day, where thousands of revellers flock to trendy Notting Hill to see the colourful street parade and party into the night.
Edinburgh Fringe Festival (7-31 August): Edinburgh comes alive in August with its annual, world-famous Fringe Festival, boasting a calender showcasing hundreds of performances in venues across the picturesque city. It?s closely followed by the Edinburgh International Festival.
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Road to British citizenship
Antipodeans currently in the UK who think they may want to apply for British citizenship down the track may have to abide by new rules proposed by the Home Office this week.
Currently, if you spend five consecutive years in the UK in an eligible visa category like the Highly Skilled Migrant Programme or Tier 1, you are eligible to apply to stay in the UK indefinitely. The Home Office is proposing a revision to the system that would see applicants for citizenship rewarded for economic contributions, skills and English language proficiency above the level already expected. Points could be removed and citizenship withheld or delayed for those breaking the law or committing anti-social behaviour. It is likely that a five year consecutive period spent in the UK will still qualify you to stay indefinitely, but it means that you will likely have to meet these new further requirements. For more information, check out the BIA website.
Got a burning question about UK visas, how to find a job, or what the hell a National Insurance number is? Visit our all-knowing forum to chat with other working travellers and get your questions answered by our experts.
Got your visa? Now get your UK bank account
Everyone needs a bank account, and in the UK it's harder to set up one when you first arrive then you would think! That's why we've put together a selection of the best, most convenient traveller packages to help you get your UK bank account sorted quickly and easily.
We now offer a total of four cracking packages to assist you open your bank account in the UK. Read all the latest info about opening a UK bank account and compare the packages we have to offer on our WORKgateways banking pages.
The cheapest options are:
- 1st Contact Kickstart
- Visa First and
- the CXC Global Ready2Work package.
- The Fastrack UK package is slightly more expensive than our other packages, but is a good option that includes unlimited money transfers and a bank account that is fully operational before you even leave your home country.
Any working traveller will tell you that organising their bank account via one of these traveller bank account packages before they left home was the best thing they did. So, start your research now! Visit our bank account pages to get started.
Your UK recruitment update - the effect of the recession on UK jobs
The big question on everyone's lips is about how the recession has affected the UK job market. This month we did a ring around of UK recruitment agencies to get the low down on how the recruitment market is fairing in the current market. There is no doubt it has been hard on some industries, mainly for those dealing in contract employment (which overseas workers often find easist to get), but some industries (even in contract or locum positions) have not had a slowdown at all. However, in the hardest hit areas the reality we found may surprise you, (it certainly surprised us) so read on to help you decide what is going on in your industry...
Architecture, Engineering and Construction:
Traditionally, these industries were very strong due to a limited supply of experienced professionals, but at the start of this year, most employers in these sectors had put a freeze on making new hires even if they need people. In the past few months however some areas have improved with some fairly optimistic expectations over the coming months (helped considerably by the UK's proposed 'stimulus bill' which seems to have started to take effect albeit marginally so far). On the recruitment coalface, infrastructure spending including Roads, Highways and Rail maintenance and construction is expected to benefit significantly in the coming months. The expectation for Building however is relatively negative. Because there are so many specialisations in Architecture, Engineering and Construction we recommend speaking to agencies in your field before jumping on the plane with high expectations.
To be blunt, Town Planning has been hit hard. May/June often sees a yearly shortage of candidates due to budgets being released but this traditional rush did not materialise this year, partially due to internal talent reshuffling. Recruiters have seen an improvement in more senior roles and policy roles in recent months, however the employment market for planners in general is the toughest we have ever seen. On the bright side, we expect things to turn around quickly when positive growth returns to the building industry as the supply of experienced candidates is thin. Watch this space!
If there was one industry to actually benefit from the current economic climate it is Social Work. High demand has turned into extremely high demand UK wide ? take your pick if you have experience of at least one year. Register with our UK agencies, or apply to jobs now. You can also read an update directly from one of our Social Work agencies in our previous newsletter: Qualified Social Workers needed in the UK.
High demand for experieced and qualified teachers has not changed at all it seems. All teachers with Secondary and Primary experience will have no trouble finding work and with the September and January terms looming, now is the time to ensure your CV is with agencies like those on Workgateways. Register with our UK education agencies now, or apply to jobs.
Hospitality: Whilst still relatively positive, there was a slowing of demand for experienced waitstaff and chefs as businesses tried to cut costs. Recruiters tell us that this has resulted in staff working extra hours in much of the hospitality industry. In recent months the need for experienced staff seems to be returning to balance things out. Over the coming months we expect demand to continue for experienced management, waitstaff and chefs. Check out this update from a recent WORKgateways newsletter - Hospitality jobs in the UK.
See below for great info for nurses wanting to work in the UK and stay tuned for more updates about the UK job market next month...
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All about UK nursing jobs
Nikki Acton-Adams from specialist recruitment agency PULSE Nursing spoke to us this month about the huge amounts of opportunities available for nurses and care professionals in the UK and how to get the job that's right for you...
WG: What kinds of opportunities do you have at the moment?
Nikki (PULSE): The international recession has not affected nursing jobs - at the moment there are lots of jobs for registered nurses in the UK. There is a shortage of all types of nurses, however there is a particular shortage in the critical care areas. We can place you in temporary (or longer term) contracts across many areas: Intensive care, Theatres (Anaesthetic/Scrub/Recovery), Accident and Emergency, District Nursing, Practice Nursing, General/Medical Nursing, Paediatric Nursing, Home Care, Cardiology or Dialysis. Opportunities are also available within a variety of private nursing settings, providing care to individuals in their homes, workplaces or even abroad.
WG: What kind of candidates and experience are you looking for?
Nikki: We are able to assist candidates who trained in either NZ or Australia to work in the UK, and who hold either a Youth Mobility Visa, Ancestry or Tier 1 visa (or a British passport). PULSE cannot assist with candidates who require work permits. You must register with the NMC (the Nursing and Midwifery Council) to work in the UK and you need to have a minimum of one years' experience working as a registered nurse in your own country to be eligible to register.
WG: Where do you have positions available?
Nikki: PULSE Nursing has 16 offices across the UK, and nurses are in demand everywhere! We're one of the UK's leading recruiters in this area, and our nurses are offered very competitive rates of pay.
WG: What steps do nurses interested in working in the UK need to take?
Nikki: Nurses that trained in Australia and New Zealand are required to complete an overseas nurses programme (ONP), introducted by the NMC in 2005. The Overseas Nurses Programme ensures all applicants meet safe and efficient practice standards and this is now the only route to nursing registration. The NMC also requires that all nurses regardless of nationality need to pass the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) exam. You should allow at least six months before departure to prepare for NMC registration. During this time you should secure your visa if you need one, and register with reputable recruitment agencies like us to get an added advantage and ensure that your experience of working in the UK is a positive and fulfilling choice.
Head to WORKgateways for more information about health jobs in the UK. Or register with our UK recruitment agencies now or apply to UK jobs. To find out more about PULSE and how they can assist you with your UK move, visit their WORKgateways profile page.
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WIN! New Lonely Planet guide to SOUTH AFRICA
Whether you're planning a stop over on the way to or from the UK, or you're planning an African extravaganza for next year's Football World Cup, this is the guide you need.
Whether you want to explore some of the best wineries on earth, go white-water rafting in Swaziland, trek the Kalihari, hit Cape Town's infamous nightclubs or just have a good old-fashioned braai, this is the book that will take you there. You'll be surprised at how far your pounds will get you, too.
We have five copies of the BRAND NEW Lonely Planet South Africa (Lesotho & Swaziland) guide (UK RRP £16.99) to give away, just send us an email with SOUTH AFRICA in the subject line (and your mailing address). Entries close end of August.
Winners of last month's CYCLING IN BRITAIN giveaway:
Ana Popa, Ontario, Canada; Bridie Hellings, Victoria, Australia; Cheryl Bone, London, UK; Lesley Gilder, Christchurch, New Zealand; James Osbourne, London, UK.
Prizes for your best UK and European pics!
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 photo is of my lovely girlfriend overlooking the famous rocks in Lagos, Portugal. Great weather, great views, and great food. Loved it." Derek
To say thanks, we're sending Derek a gift. So, to get your own goodie 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.