Regulations for 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 your discretion.

Rates of pay

There are national minimum wage regulations in the UK, these are enforced through HM Revenue and Customs.

The rates change every April. The current national minimum wage rates as of 1 April 2021 are as follows:

  • Aged 23 and over: £8.91 per hour
  • Aged 21-22: £8.36 per hour
  • Aged 18-20: £6.56 per hour
  • Aged under 18: £4.62 per hour
  • Apprentices: £4.30 per hour

National Insurance

UK nationals 

All UK nationals would have been issued National Insurance (NI) number at 16 years of age.

Non-UK nationals

Full, up-to-date information on requirements and applications for National Insurance numbers is available at

Further information specific to non-UK students' permissions to work is offered by UKCISA.


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