Living and working in the UK

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Living and working in the UK

Wages in the UK

What you can expect to earn here..

In the UK we have a national minimum wage, that all employers must pay. This means that you will receive this hourly rate as a minimum for any kind of job that you do. Average wages do vary dependent on location in the UK, and the kind of position you are doing. See the images below for more information on the cities with the highest, and lowest average wages.

What to expect from the British weather

What is the average temperature in the UK? 

The UK has a moderate sea climate, which means that the temperature is moderate all year round (not extremely cold and not extremely hot). The average temperature in the UK varies from 8.5 °C (47.3 °F) in the north to 11 °C (51.8 °F) in the south. The average maximum temperature in the UK is 12.4 °C (54.3 °F), and the average minimum temperature is 5.3 °C (41.5 °F).

Which months have the highest/lowest temperature on average?

The warmest month in the UK is often July. The average minimum temperature in July (measured over 30 years) is 10.9 °C (51.6 °F), and the average maximum temperature in July is 19.4 (66.9 °F). The next warmest months are August (min.: 10.8 °C (51.4 °F)  and max.: 19.1 °C (66.4 °F), June (min.: 8,8 °C (47.4 °F) , max.: 17.3 °C (63.1 °F) and September (min.: 8.8 °C (47.4 °F) , max.: 16.5 °C (61.7 °F). The ocean is coldest around January and February, making these months the coldest in the UK. January has an average minimum temperature of 0.9 °C (33.6 °F), and an average maximum temperature of 6.4 °C (43.5 °F) . In February the average minimum temperature is 0.7 °C (33.2 °F)  and the average maximum temperature is 6.6 °C (43.9 °F). In both months it freezes on average 11.3 days.

What is the hottest/coldest temperature ever measured in the UK?

The hottest temperature ever measured in the UK was 38.5 °C (101.3 °F) in Faversham, Kent on 10 August 2003. The coldest temperature ever measured in the UK was -26.1 °C (−15.0 °F), in Edgmond, Stropshiere on the 10th of January 1982.


Areas in the UK

The UK is split into many regions as shown above. As with any country, there are areas that are more populated and therefore have a higher average wage, or more jobs available. However, with lots of people in once place, it can be difficult to find work here, as there are many people looking for the same kind of position. You may face this struggle in areas like London, and other larger cities.

Looking for work in areas away from these large cities can prove more successful, as there are less people looking, and therefore you have a higher chance of finding something you feel is suitable.

Talk to us about different positions, and areas in the UK,and where we have jobs available. In some cases we have accommodation available with our jobs, and so relocating may not be difficult at all!

Applying for your NI number

You need to apply by phone for a National Insurance number

National Insurance number application line
Telephone: 0800 141 2075
Opening hours: Monday to Friday, 8am to 6pm

If you’re moving to the UK, you can only apply for it once you’re in the UK and have an address here. You must have the right to work or study in the UK to get a National Insurance number (this can be the correct visa, or a Portuguese passport)

Working without a National Insurance number

You can start work before your National Insurance number arrives if you can prove you can work in the UK (this is your visa or correct passport). You should tell your employer that you’ve applied for one, and give them the reference number you get once you apply for the National Insurance number.

National Insurance number interview

Jobcentre Plus may write to you and ask you to come to an interview where you’ll be asked about your circumstances and why you need a National Insurance number. You may be asked to provide ID, and what is accepted will be in the letter. You’ll be told at the interview how long it’ll take to receive your National Insurance number.

If you change your address before you receive it, tell the Department for Work and Pensions by contacting the National Insurance number application line (the number is at the top of this document)

For more information on the Government website, please click the link below, or contact us for more information.

Driving in the UK on a non UK licence

Do the following apply:

You are now a resident of Great Britain

You have a full car and/or motorcycle license

You passed your driving test in any country other than Great Britain

If you answered yes to all three then you will be allowed to drive on your current license for 12 months from the date you enter the UK.

After a period of 12 months, you are required to apply for a provisional license, and take the practical and theory tests in order to get the full UK license. You are able to do driving lessons, but will not be able to drive on your provisional license

Click the link below for more information on the Government website, or contact us to discuss further.