As an adult student, you are allowed to work:
- part-time during term time, which is no more than 20 hours a week;
- full-time work during vacations; and
- as a postgraduate doctor or dentist on a recognised Foundation Programme;
- are not self-employed, employed as a doctor in training (other than on a recognised Foundation Programme) or as a professional sportsperson (including coach) or entertainer;
- as a student union sabbatical officer position for up to two years.
The work you do must not fill a full-time permanent vacancy (other than on a recognised Foundation Programme) and you must not be self-employed, employed as a doctor in training (other than on a recognised Foundation Programme) or as a professional sportsperson (including coach) or entertainer.
How do I find a job?
Go to the local Jobcentre or look in Employment Services offices. Also, buy the local newspaper which advertises part-time jobs and go to ask personally in pubs, restaurants and cafes.
How do I get a National Insurance number?
Your employer will usually ask you to provide a National Insurance number. You cannot get a National Insurance number unless you have a job, so if someone offers you a job, they need to give you a letter saying that they want to employ you and asking the DSS to give you a National Insurance number.
Do I have to pay tax on my earnings?
Most students do not earn enough money to pay tax. Ask your employer how much, if anything, you have to pay over the year. If your employer charges you tax, ask for the address of their tax office and you can claim the money back.
If you are prohibited from working, this means that you are not allowed to work.