Hours, pay and national insurance
Working in the UK
Hours of work
As a university, we recommend our students work no more than 15 hours per
week, as any more can interfere with your studies. Where vacancies display hours
of more than 15 per week, applications and acceptance of working hours are at
Rates of pay
There are national minimum wage regulations in the UK.
Current national minimum wage (as of 1 October 2016). These rates will then
change every April starting April 2017.
- Aged 25 and over: £7.20 per hour (National Living Wage,
introduced April 2016)
- Aged 21-24: £6.95 per hour
- Aged 18-20: £5.55 per hour
- Aged under 18: £4 per hour
- Apprentices: £3.40 per hour
All UK nationals would have been issued National Insurance (NI) number at 16
years of age.
If you are a non-UK national, details of how to obtain an National Insurance
number can be found on our page for international
Sources of advice
We provide comprehensive information to our international students. With over 130 different countries
represented, Essex is one of the UK’s most internationally diverse campus universities and known worldwide for its
frontrunners is our original placement scheme that offers students paid work opportunities on campus. You'll get on-placement training and great experience to add to your CV.
Start your job search and career development now with the new Essex CareerHub resource. Log in using your regular Essex campus account details to access the jobs board and book on to our events.
Big Essex Award
Join the 2,000+ students who have completed The Big Essex Award so far and get University recognition for all of your extra-curricular
activities. We’ll help you identify your skills and sell your experience to employers.