Job Hunting in UK
Seasonal jobs can be found very easily in London, providing you look for it the right way, and soon enough.
If you are an EU citizen or have a valid work permit, you have two options:
Contact an agency
You can contact one of many agencies on the market. They will provide you with a cheap accommodation, and will give you leads to find a job or, veryrarely, provide you with one. Typically catering, or other basic jobs, but most of us started that way and that is one strong option to consider if do not like too much adventure and wish to practice your English.
Bear in mind that you will hear complaints about some of the agencies, but, hey, it's a business, so don't expect a nice luxury accommodation, limousine to come and pick you up at theairport, a highly paid job! They sell the basics, not a red carpet!
A few of them:
Summer jobs and vacancies in pubs, hotels, restaurant, catering
Get a train, a bus, hitchhike to the big city and find yourself a youth hostel (see our pages onaccommodation). Then knock on every door on your way, be persistent as you are not the only one to look for a job in London, and success will soon cross your path.
A few doors to knock at and ask for any vacancies:
• Pubs, sandwich shops
• Small shops (Thresher, Nicolas, Oddbins…)
• Security agent
• Read newspapers and magazines, (TNT, ici-Londres)
Whatever option you choose, bring in somesavings, 700 GBP for two months will at least secure food and cheap accommodation.
The adult rate of the minimum wage in the UK (for workers aged 22 and over) is currently £4.85 per hour. The development rate (for workers aged 18-21 inclusive) is £4.10 per hour.
Your wage will depend on the number of hours you work and customer tips. Except sometime in hotels or youth hostels, you will have to findyour own accommodation.
PGL (http://www.pgl.co.uk) is a company that organises holidays for children and summercamps can be found in UK, France and Spain. They operate from Easter to October and during half terms as well.
Working for PGL as a helper or courier can earn you between £60 and £90 per week and board and bed is provided.
Au pairs work for about 25 hours aweek and can expect to earn at least £120 per month.
You can find more information in our Au Pair article.
See also: Lists au pair agencies for UK: Europa Pages
The French National Employment Service (ANPE) and the Center of Information for Youths (CIDJ) have set up a website in 5 languages (German, English, French, Italian, Spanish) :EuroSummerJob [http://www.eurosummerjobs.com/] that providesmore than 1000 summer jobs offers throughout Europe.
You will find a lot of information with BUNAC (British Universities North America Club: http://www.bunac.org), a non profit member club which has been offering work abroad programmes suitable for gap years and summer vacations for over 40 years. Programmes include in country support and last up to 18 months. They offer money to cover allexpenses and a small salary for the work.
It covers the following countries: UK, USA, Australia, Canada, Costa Rica, Czech Republic, France, Germany, Ghana, Holland, Ireland, Latvia, Malta, Montenegro, New Zealand, Norway, Poland, South Africa, Serbia, Slovakia, Spain, Sweden.
You will find also a list of organisation that offer voluntary programmes and gap year in the Gapyeardirectory website or towork as a J1 holder in the US.
Working holiday visa
Visa requirements are crucial to your trip planning.
This section is intended for reference only. We strongly recommend that you contact the embassy directly for the most up to date info.
A valid passport is required for everyone except EU Nationals who can use a valid ID card.
Non EU nationals will find it difficult to obtain...