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1. Posted by bennnn (Inactive 93 posts) 6y

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hey all,

I hold an Australian passport, and relish the chance to live and work in the UK under the YMS scheme... and I guess I'm trying to get any assurance as to the likelihood in getting work over there.
Are working holiday makers still restricted in working in their profession field?
How has the job market fared in London since the GFC?
My main concern is that I've been working in an office for past 3 years, so I have very limited (to zero) retail & hospitality experience. Would this greatly lower my chances? I do hold a degree though...

Any advice would be greatly appreciated!!

2. Posted by Hien (Moderator 3906 posts) 6y

Quoting bennnn

Are working holiday makers still restricted in working in their profession field?

The previous Working Holidaymaker Scheme that I had (2007-2009) has only the following restriction with regards to work: "No business or professional sports".
There wasn't any restriction on what you can do apart from the above. If I'm not wrong, the current YMS allows you to start your own business (e.g. freelancing, sole-proprietor) as long as you do not employ anyone.

How has the job market fared in London since the GFC? My main concern is that I've been working in an office for past 3 years, so I have very limited (to zero) retail & hospitality experience. Would this greatly lower my chances? I do hold a degree though...

You will have to be very persistent in looking for a job. Also, you may try teaching. I heard the pay is pretty good. If I remember correctly, you'd need a police clearance for a teaching job, so get it from your local police station before leaving for the UK.

3. Posted by magykal1 (Travel Guru 2026 posts) 6y

Quoting Hien

Quoting bennnn

Are working holiday makers still restricted in working in their profession field?

The previous Working Holidaymaker Scheme that I had (2007-2009) has only the following restriction with regards to work: "No business or professional sports".
There wasn't any restriction on what you can do apart from the above. If I'm not wrong, the current YMS allows you to start your own business (e.g. freelancing, sole-proprietor) as long as you do not employ anyone.

How has the job market fared in London since the GFC? My main concern is that I've been working in an office for past 3 years, so I have very limited (to zero) retail & hospitality experience. Would this greatly lower my chances? I do hold a degree though...

You will have to be very persistent in looking for a job. Also, you may try teaching. I heard the pay is pretty good. If I remember correctly, you'd need a police clearance for a teaching job, so get it from your local police station before leaving for the UK.

You'd also need a teaching qualification. If you do have one you're pretty much guaranteed well-ish paid work as inner London's schools are always crying out for teachers. Don't expect it to be an easy ride though.

Jobs are not easy to come by at the moment, though things are just starting to look up a little.

4. Posted by sunset1999 (Full Member 108 posts) 6y

You can always try job sites and see what's available before you come. There are plenty and if you were in the IT sector, it is picking up.

As for the YMS, you can find more details on it in the
http://bia.homeoffice.gov.uk/workingintheuk/tier5/youthmobilityscheme/

This has what you are allowed to do:

http://www.ukba.homeoffice.gov.uk/workingintheuk/tier5/youthmobilityscheme/workingandconditions/

It's a really good site and easy to read. I've been going to it every other week to check what's been changed because I my visa is about to expire and will need to apply for further leave to remain.

5. Posted by bennnn (Inactive 93 posts) 6y

Hi everyone,

thanks for your responses, helped much in planning on how to get there. I don't have a teaching qualification, but is it easy to pick one up while over there?
Also would getting a license in serving alcohol (so to do bar work) quick and effective? Something like an RSA (responsible service of alcohol) equivalent in Australia which is only a day's worth of course.

hey sunset1999, how would you go about extending your stay? Could you just jump onto another tier from the YMS visa?

Thanks again!

6. Posted by KarinaBezz (Budding Member 11 posts) 6y

A licence to serve alcohol isn't needed in the UK, unless you're in sole charge of the business I believe. Think the only specification is that you're over 18! Nice and simple!
Am off to NZ in a few months on a WHV, do you happen to know if one is needed there?
x

7. Posted by magykal1 (Travel Guru 2026 posts) 6y

Quoting bennnn

Hi everyone,

thanks for your responses, helped much in planning on how to get there. I don't have a teaching qualification, but is it easy to pick one up while over there?
Also would getting a license in serving alcohol (so to do bar work) quick and effective? Something like an RSA (responsible service of alcohol) equivalent in Australia which is only a day's worth of course.

hey sunset1999, how would you go about extending your stay? Could you just jump onto another tier from the YMS visa?

Thanks again!

It takes about a year full-time to get a teaching qualification here, and is pretty expensive for overseas students,so probably not the best plan if you're not already qualified. There's no legal obstacle to you getting bar work though.

8. Posted by sunset1999 (Full Member 108 posts) 6y

Hi Ben,

I came into the country with a highly skilled visa (now Tier 1), so I'm just extending my stay.

With the YMS, you can't extend your stay. You can swap to another visa if you meet the requirements for the Tier 1 but you may have to leave the country, or if your employer wants you to stay, then they could possibly sponsor you under Tier2. But they are pretty strict now days with the sponsored work permits.

Otherwise if your grandparents are British citizens, then you can get the ancestry visa and work indefinitely.

Good luck.

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