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Your guide to part-time work at uni

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 jobs section to find your perfect part-time job.

Which part-time job is right for you?

Shift work

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.

Temping agencies

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.

Job shop

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.

National Insurance

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

  • 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 jobs section – there are new jobs added every week.

Construction Placements

Construction isn’t an industry that people readily associate with a graduate workforce but, in fact, graduates are a vital life-force in the industry. According to and its panel of construction recruiters, while many companies are cautiously optimistic about the industry jobs market in 2013, they are still keen to employ graduates – particularly engineers of all varieties.

Many large construction companies have graduate schemes on offer for those who have studied an undergraduate degree in a relevant subject. For instance, if you have studied quantity surveying, then you may able to land yourself a place as a Graduate Quantity Surveyor, but a degree alone is unlikely to be enough. Employers will typically require experience within an engineering or construction environment – which may have been accrued through work experience, a placement or a Year In Industry. A common requirement for roles in construction is a full UK driving licence, as you may need to visit clients and contractors on-site, so it may be worth booking in those lessons to improve your employability.

Despite many circulating myths, you do not need to have a degree in construction to secure a graduate job in the industry. Roles that involve project planning and management will suit graduates from most backgrounds, although a working knowledge of construction will pay dividends. What’s more, if you don’t have a qualification directly related to construction, some organisations will take you on – if they feel you have the raw business acumen and skill set – and put you through a post-graduate conversion course while you work.

Sponsorship is possible, but you have to prove to an employer you’re worth its while – and expense. While companies like non-cognates (graduates without a related degree) who’ve made a conscious decision to enter the industry, you’ll need to make up for your lack of degree-level knowledge with work experience and enthusiasm for construction.

Work experience

Landing work experience in construction can prove tricky (especially as many large firms have cut back on their formal work-experience placements). With so many candidates seeking so few opportunities, competition is rife which, of course, makes standing out all the more important. Construction jobs – especially surveying and civil engineering – are so over-subscribed, you’ll need to demonstrate to an employer you have true passion and a genuine interest in the industry to land yourself a job. And this, of course, is where work experience comes in. It not only looks good on your CV, but it gives you real-world working experience, something which simply cannot be accrued in a lecture theatre.

When it comes to selecting companies for work experience, try to introduce some variety into your experience. Opt for large construction companies, smaller consultancies and everything in between, in order to ensure you’ve got a breadth of hands-on experience in your arsenal. This way, when it comes to job applications, and interview questions, you’ll have real-life experiences to draw on. Also, work experience is a great way to determine if there are particular specialisms you find more interesting than others – so view it as a personal vetting process, too.

If you’re currently studying for a built environment degree, then work experience is important – if you’re studying an unrelated degree, work experience is imperative. Remember: a stint as an intern could end up landing you a job with that company, so start researching and applying sooner rather than later. If you gain a month’s placement over the summer of your second year at university, that company may just offer you a full-time role come graduation. And this is a much more common occurrence in the graduate recruitment market than you may realise: according to a recent study by High Fliers Research (, record numbers of graduate jobs are being awarded to students who have previously worked for the employer during work experience or an internship – this accounts for a third of vacancies, with three-quarters of jobs at some firms filled by previous interns.


Industrial Work Placements: Why Bigger isn’t Better

Industrial Work Placements: Why Bigger isn’t Better

Are you starting to think about your options for a placement next year? In this post, Leeds student Erin Lovett, who is coming to the ended of a placement year with Engage Comms Ltd., outlines the benefits she’s gained from working for a smaller company. The post was originally published on LinkedIn

It’s no secret that work experience makes graduates entering the job market more employable. The time spent learning about the industry and essentially ‘practising’ for a role can be invaluable, and it’s great that schools and universities are throwing their weight behind this and giving students more opportunities to undertake work placements. However, within universities I think there’s a myth being perpetuated: the bigger the company you can get work experience with, the better. It probably has a lot to do with the potential for progression and travel, which of course might well be deal-breakers later on in your career – but are they really relevant when you’re looking for work experience?

Last year, after I had been applying for placements for a week or so, I realised that I had to narrow my focus. Like lots of students, so far I had mostly been applying for undergraduate ‘placement schemes’ at huge multinational corporations. I made a list of what I thought would be most useful to me and my career development, and immediately realised that I’d been applying in all the wrong places.

Access to senior staff was really important to me. I wanted to be able to pick their brains, and make the most of their experience. Working in a microbusiness has meant that I’m being supported by the directors themselves, and can tap into their 20+ years of combined experience in the communications industry!

I knew that to stand out of the crowd I would need experience across business functions. I wanted to get an idea of how a business was actually run, and for decision making processes to be visible to me – how else could I learn from them? At Engage Comms I’ve been involved in targeting new business, detailed research projects and copywriting, but even better, I’ve been involved in the conversations dictating our strategy in those areas.

The opportunity to network and be in client-facing situations is often greater when your placement takes place in a smaller business. As well as attending most client meetings for the accounts I’m currently working on, I’ve also attended multiple networking events this year, and even helped represent Engage Comms at the Yorkshire and Lincolnshire PRide Awards.

Finally, I wanted to have real responsibility. It might be scary, but ultimately it’s much more rewarding. When what you are doing actually matters to the company that you are working for, you tend to learn quickly too!

My placement year finishes in September, and I will be walking away with a graduate job offer and a part-time role for next year, new skills coming out of my ears, and plenty of valuable industry contacts. To anyone applying for work experience or an industrial placement from university: apply to some small businesses. The rewards will be anything but.

If you are looking for work experience, there is lots of information and advice on our website. Alternatively, you can talk to us

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