Work in the UK
Work friends with benefits, our 4-day Essential UK includes comprehensive job support when you land in London – plus 24-months' access to our UK-wide employer database.
How much you earn as a UK working holidaymaker depends on where you live and what your qualifications are. If you’re looking to do casual work such as bar work, you can expect to earn the minimum wage (currently £9.50 an hour for over 23-year-olds) or above, plus tips. The average salary in the UK is £25-26K, although this differs massively depending on your industry, experience and where you live. Accounting for the higher cost of living, salaries in London are normally higher.
Don’t enter the backpacker blackhole when you land. Our Essential travellers get access to our job database for the two years of their visa. Typical jobs posted by our employers include:
- Restaurant server roles, London
- Live-in pub roles, UK-wide
- Bar staff in pubs across London
- Activity Specialists in school adventure camps, UK-wide
- Teaching assistants, London
- Office admin roles, London
Based in London, our BUNAC team will help you to settle in, find work and point you in the direction of the good boozers (pubs). Here are a few things you need to know about living and working in the capital.
The honey-coloured spires of Westminster, manicured lawns of Kensington Palace and gilded hotels of Mayfair are pure English stiff upper lip. And while Londoners embrace these traditions with gusto (who doesn’t want to drink Pimm’s in the park as soon as the barometer tips over 17°C), London is a rebel at heart. You only need to walk past the punk shops of Camden, street art of Shoreditch or drag brunches of Soho to see that anything goes here and everyone can belong. Expressive and eclectic – it’s easy to get lost in London, but even easier to feel at home.
From construction and IT to media and the arts, London attracts the best talent from around the world. Innovative and influential, it’s a city where you can grow your career, trade or craft – learning from leading professionals in your field. It’s also home to a pub and pop-up on every corner, so there’s no shortage of hospitality jobs to tide you over until your next adventure. Work hard and party hard, weekends in London routinely start on a Thursday night – with bacon sandwich sales tripling every Friday morning as weary workers head for their desks.
Multicultural and diverse, Londoners are tolerant and accepting. UNTIL you commit one of the following cardinal London crimes. These are: standing on the left on an Underground escalator (right side is for standing, left is for walking), not having your Oyster or contactless card ready when you go through a turnstile, and dawdling on a pavement during rush hour. Outside of commuting and transport, this mixed bunch are a busy but kind bunch – with a fierce loyalty for their city and love for its free culture, relentless creativity and 3,000 (you read it right) parks.