International Students: Part-Time Work

Right to Work

Most International Students can work up to 20 hours a week during term time and full time during vacations. However, it is crucial that you confirm your permission to work before starting a job. You can do this by:

  • Checking the wording on your Passport or ID card
  • The UK Council for International Student Affairs (UKCISA) provide a factsheet and further help with checking your work status and what your visa can and can’t allow you to do.
  • Contacting a University Advisor

Finding Work

There are many ways that you can find work whilst studying in the UK. The best routes are:

  • Use our online job vacancy list. Register here
  • Create an up to date and relevant CV and go in personally to companies. There are many bars, restaurants and retail outfits in Manchester that recruit students all year round. Places to start looking are: Manchester Arndale, Trafford Centre, also key areas such as Deansgate and Oxford Road in Manchester are very busy with bars and restaurants.

Tax and National Insurance Numbers

Everyone who wants to work in the UK MUST have a National Insurance Number (NIN). The NIN acts as an account number and makes sure that you pay the correct amount of tax and National Insurance contribution.

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Applying for jobs

The main ways to apply for a job is by creating a CV or by completing an application form. You can get these checked by an advisor by calling 0161 295 5088 and making an appointment

Useful Contacts

Education UK

Information about studying in the UK

UK Border Agency (UKBA)

Information about work visas and extending your stay in the UK


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