Working while studying

Working part-time during your studies is a great way to earn some extra money while also gaining great transferable skills and experience for your CV.

For international students there are some restrictions and rules on working in the UK that you need to know.

Before you start applying for jobs you do need to make sure your student visa permits you to work in the UK on a part-time basis. For most international students living in the UK on a Tier 4 sponsored visa the maximum number of hours you’re entitled to work in a single week is 20.

When it comes to applying for jobs, attending interviews or accepting an offer of employment, you’ll need to provide the employer with some documentation.

Most employers will need to see the following before your contract can start:

  • Your passport
  • Your Tier 4 student visa showing your right to work a maximum of 20 hours in the UK
  • Your National Insurance number (NI number). Click here to find out more about how to do this.

If you have a biometric residence permit (BRP) you may have a National Insurance number already. It will be printed on the back of your BRP if you do.

If you do not have a National Insurance number, you must apply for one if you plan to work.

Finding Jobs

Handshake is used by employers who are recruiting for full-time and part-time positions. There are opportunities for students on-campus as well as in Liverpool.

Student Circus also features many full and part-time jobs for international stusents.

Make sure you’ve activated both accounts and completed your profile so opportunities can be highlighted to you.

We also share opportunities on our dedicated part-time jobs twitter account

Our Career Coaches are available in the Career Studio to help you find and apply for opportunities. Drop in to see the team - no appointment necessary.

More information

International Advice & Guidance and Careers & Employability have recorded a webinar with lots of useful information. Click here to view the webinar and visit the resource page.

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