Working In The UK

Students who are studying under the terms of a Tier 4 Visa are legally permitted to work for up to 10 hours a week during term time and full-time during vacations if they are studying:


Remember that it is not an average of ten hours over a period of time. You cannot work, say 15 hours one week then balance it by working only 5 the next. It is a weekly maximum of 10.


Please remember that any work has to fit around your timetable and your Education takes priority. You should be able to keep up with your studies and work 10 hours per week.


The UK operates a National Minimum Wage which stipulates the lowest rate you can be paid for work, whether you are a part-time or full-time employee.


There are three levels of minimum wage, and the rates at 14th February 2013 are:

  • £6.19 per hour for workers aged 21 years and older
  • A development rate of £4.98 per hour for workers aged 18-20 inclusive
  • £3.68 per hour for all workers under the age of 18, who are no longer of compulsory school age