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Working in the UK

If you are a citizen of the European Union or Switzerland, you are eligible to work in the United Kingdom (UK) without restriction during your studies. The only exception to this is for students coming from Croatia, who need to apply for special permission to work.

If you are a citizen of the European Union or Switzerland, you are eligible to work in the United Kingdom (UK) without restriction during your studies. The only exception to this is for students coming from Croatia, who need to apply for special permission to work.

All nationals, including those from the UK, need to prove their right to work.  To do this you need to show specific documents to your employer, which confirm your Identity, Nationality and also National Insurance Number.

  • National Insurance Number

    Everyone who wants to work in the UK needs to have a National Insurance Number (NINo). You do not need to have a NINo before starting work, but you must obtain one when you get a job. In order to apply for a NINo you should Arrange to visit your nearest Jobcentre Plus, or call them on telephone: 0845 600 0643.
  • Number of hours

    There is no restriction to the number of hours EU students can work during one week. However, Northumbria recommends that full-time students work no more than 16 hours per week during term time. Any students employed by the University will be for 16 hours or less.
  • Croatian Nationals

    Any Croatian nationals studying in the UK need to apply for a “yellow registration certificate” in order to work or participate in a work placement.

    You can apply for a “yellow registration certificate” using the CR1 form, which can be found on the UK Government website.

    Once in receipt of this certificate, Croatian nationals can work up to 20 hours per week during term time, or full time during vacation periods.

    Please note: the application process can take over 6 months to complete, students are strongly advised to apply one year advance to avoid delays (especially if planning a placement year).

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