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Hours, pay and national insurance

Working in the UK

Hours of work

As a university, we recommend our students work no more than 15 hours per week, as any more can interfere with your studies. Where vacancies display hours of more than 15 per week, applications and acceptance of working hours are at your discretion.

Rates of pay

There are national minimum wage regulations in the UK.

Current national minimum wage as of 1  April 2017.

  • Aged 25 and over: £7.50 per hour
  • Aged 21-24: £7.05 per hour
  • Aged 18-20: £5.60 per hour
  • Aged under 18: £4.05 per hour
  • Apprentices: £3.50 per hour

National Insurance

All UK nationals would have been issued National Insurance (NI) number at 16 years of age.

If you are a non-UK national, details of how to obtain an National Insurance number can be found on our page for international students.

Sources of advice

International students

International Students

We provide comprehensive information to our international students. With over 130 different countries represented, Essex is one of the UK’s most internationally diverse campus universities and known worldwide for its academic excellence.


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Frontrunners is our original placement scheme that offers students paid work opportunities on campus. You'll get on-placement training and great experience to add to your CV.


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Introducing CareerHub+. Search for jobs and internships, join or upload your modules for The Big Essex Award, create a CV from scratch, upskill yourself, book on to employability events and workshops, find out about Generation Essex, Frontrunners and more from any device.

Big Essex Award

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Join the 3,000+ students
(as of June 2017) who have completed The Big Essex Award so far and get University recognition for all of your extra-curricular activities. We’ll help you identify your skills and sell your experience to employers.