The university allows you to work as many hours as you like as long as it does not affect your studies. A sensible guideline for full-time students is 15 hours per week maximum. Your studies should take priority.
EU students and Brexit
To date, there has been no change to the rights and status of EU nationals in the UK as a result of the EU membership referendum.
If you are an international student, your visa will tell you if you can work in the UK and how many hours you are permitted to work per week.
If you are unsure, contact our International Student Support Team, or you can visit the UK Government or UKCISA.
The National Minimum Wage is the minimum amount that an employer must pay you per hour. If you are over 25 years of age you should be paid the National Living Wage.
If you are concerned that you are not being paid the legal minimum, contact the Careers Service for advice on how to proceed.
An employer will usually pay your wages directly into your bank account. Deductions for Income Tax and National Insurance will be made before you are paid.
Employers who pay you in cash without making deductions are breaking the law. If you accept these payments you risk losing your employment rights and may have to pay tax and national insurance yourself.
Tax and National Insurance
You will have to pay income tax if your income is above the tax-free Personal Allowance. Your employer will deduct tax from your wages before you are paid.
If you are self-employed you will need to register with HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) and pay your tax directly.
If you earn less than the tax-free Personal Allowance you can claim the tax back.
Non-UK students leaving the UK may be able to reclaim any tax they have paid.
National Insurance (NI)
All UK citizens are issued with an NI number at age 16. If you were not a UK resident at age 16 you must apply for an NI number before starting work.
Find out more about making an NI application. You will be given an application reference number. You can then start work immediately.
How much NI you will pay depends on your earnings.
Your employer will deduct NI from your wages. If you are self-employed you will need to pay directly.
Student workers are protected by UK employment law and have the same rights as everyone else.
If you think you are being treated unfairly or are having problems at work, see our page Your rights in the workplace for information and contact details for advice agencies, or contact us.
Protect yourself from fraud
Most jobs advertised will come from reputable employers offering genuine opportunities. However there are some fraudulent jobs being advertised.
- Never be a 'money mule' – which is getting involved in work that requires you to pay money into your bank account and forward the money to someone else. Both you and your employer are engaging in illegal activity. Ignorance of the law is not an acceptable defence in these situations so beware.
- Do not respond to job offers in unsolicited emails.
- Be wary of job offers based solely on CV submission or limited telephone contact.
- Never give out your bank details to an employer unless you have been through the recruitment process, have accepted a job offer and are confident they are legitimate.
- Before you sign any contract it is essential you check that it is in accordance with your rights under employment law. If you are in any doubt, please discuss with us before signing a contract or accepting a job.
- Check the legitimacy of the company - are they registered with Companies House, registered for VAT, do they have insurance?
- Jobs that are too good to be true, eg offering unusually high rates of pay for very little actual work - probably are!
- Safer Jobs supports job seekers and agency staff with any suspected fraud, malpractice, breach of legislation, or poor experience they may encounter.
- If you're unsure whether to accept a job offer or think you might have inadvertently become involved in fraudulent activity, get in touch as soon as possible.