Living and working in the UK

The UK remains a major player in global industry and because of its many characteristics, it will continue to be an attractive option to move to.  The mix of modern cities, beautiful rolling countryside and a wealth of history ensure it is a rewarding place to work and live.

Jobs in the UK

If you intend to move to the UK, you’ll benefit from a huge choice of sectors in which to work. Throughout England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland, many global businesses in every industry have some presence, while the local trades cover all kinds of work. A largely service-based economy, customer support and contact centre workers are in high demand, with field and telesales jobs making up a large proportion, as well as team leaders, account managers and admin workers. Of course, the benefit of working in the UK is the language – English is the international language of business, so working here has a distinct advantage in that sense over many other parts of the world.

Finding accommodation in the UK

There’s all manner of accommodation options when you’re living and working in the UK. Whether you’re looking for a house share to keep on a strict budget, a city-centre apartment or a spacious house on the outskirts, most major cities will have plenty to choose from. The easiest way to find property, whether you’re looking to buy or rent, is to go online and visit Rightmove.com or Zoopla.com. They’ll have up-to-date availability and prices. If you are planning on renting, you’ll need a deposit of around 4-6 weeks’ worth of rent, which you can claim back when you leave the property.

Most major cities have extensive transport networks, with many workers choosing to commute from outside the city centre. It’s also worth investigating the climate of your chosen city. Northern England, Northern Ireland and Scotland can be quite cool and wet compared to the south.

 

Permits and taxes when working in the UK

When you’re moving to the UK to live and work, you’ll need to prove you have the right of abode or be granted a permit to live there. The rules are a little complex based on your country of origin, and with Brexit, it will potentially get more confusing. In general terms, if you’re a British citizen then you won’t need a permit or certificate, while members of the Commonwealth, EU and EEA can apply with relative ease. Anyone outside these areas will need to prove they have an offer of skilled work.

You’ll be taxed on any earnings made in the UK using the PAYE system unless you’re self-employed or a sole trader. Everyone has a personal tax-free allowance of £11,850, and then you’ll be taxed 20% on earnings up to £46,350. This rises to 40% for anything you earn up to £150,000 and then 45% for earnings above that amount.