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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.

National minimum wage as of 1 April 2019. The rates change every April.

  • Aged 25 and over: £8.21 per hour
  • Aged 21-24: £7.70 per hour
  • Aged 18-20: £6.15 per hour
  • Aged under 18: £4.35 per hour
  • Apprentices: £3.90 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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