With the rise in tuition fees, the worry of on-going debt can often be at the forefront of students’ minds. Getting a part-time job during university can be a good way of easing the financial strain, giving students extra spending money. It is also a great way of meeting new people, adding industry-relevant experience to your CV, and – most likely – transferable skills that will continue to benefit you later on in your working life.
Our student finance report in conjunction with YouGov SixthSense declares that 27% of students aged 18-24 have a part-time job during term-time. Check out the studentbeans.com jobs section to find your perfect part-time job.
Which part-time job is right for you?
Shift work is the most obvious option, enabling you to squeeze in a part-time job time when you’re not at lectures; in the library revising/doing coursework/checking Facebook, or even over the weekend. Popular options include weekend jobs such as waiting (the restaurant kind, not just hanging about) and working behind a bar.
Head into town and speak to the high-street temping agencies about getting yourself on their books. Alternatively give them a call or visit the website to make an initial registration. The likelihood is that they will ask for your CV and you will be invited in for an interview so they have a better understanding as to what sort of thing you are suited to.
Reed, Office Angels, Adecco, Pertemps, Blue Arrow and Brook Street are among some of the big-name agencies that may be offering part-time jobs for students, but there are many more and probably some that will be unique to your area, so keep your eyes peeled.
It’s also worth checking out the Graduate Recruitment Bureau as they have a section on their website designed for part-time jobs for students who are looking for work during term-time.
Your student union might have a job shop, specifically offering part-time jobs for students. This is designed especially for those at university, in need of extra cash. Loads of universities have them and they’re a great way of searching for work as and when you need it, from a day’s work stuffing envelopes, to a weekend of catering a big event.
Job shops usually offer 16 hours or less of work a week. Just remember to think about your course before committing to loads of hours: The National Association of Student Employment Services states that around 15 hours is the usual limit.
Pocket some extra cash by passing on your fount of knowledge to school pupils through private tuition. You can charge up to £30 an hour to tutor in your degree subject, although this will depend on where in the country and to what level you are teaching.
Working through an agency will help you find pupils and provide you with guidance on how to structure lessons – do an internet search to find companies in your area. The setback? You’ll need to get a DBS check before working with children and these can cost upwards of £40. But then, you could easily cover that in one day’s tutoring.
The information you need to know
You should be paid at least the minimum wage, which is currently £4.98 per hour for 18-to-20-year-olds and £6.19 per hour for those aged 21 and over. Our student finance report reveals that only 13% of part-time workers at uni receive more than £10 an hour.
If you earn over the personal allowance limit of £8,105 in a year (likely to rise to £9,205 for tax year 2013-14), then we’re afraid to say that you will have to pay tax on your earnings. Anything under that amount should not be taxed at all. Most employers will work with the PAYE (Pay As You Earn) system, which deducts income tax and national insurance from your wages before you receive them.
If you think you’ve been over-taxed for the year (tax years run April to April), then you can apply for a refund from HM Revenue & Customs. Remember to keep hold of your P45 form after you leave a job, as this will ensure that you don’t get taxed too much in the future.
Use the student Tax Calculator to see if you’re entitled to claim a valuable tax refund.
You will begin making National Insurance contributions when you earn above £139 a week. From then on, how much you pay depends on how much you earn. Find out more about National Insurance contributions, here.
Obviously, the holiday allowance for part-timers will be lower than that for full-time workers. For example, if the full-time employees at your company get four weeks off a year, then those working two days a week may get eight days holiday – the equivalent quota.
The latest part-time jobs on studentbeans.com
- Boots – Part time customer assistant
- The English Camp Company – English summer camp tutor
- H&M – Fashion sales advisor
- Odeon – Waiters, kitchen porters, team members
- Costa Coffee – Team member
For more amazing part-time jobs, check out the studentbeans.com jobs section – there are new jobs added every week.