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1. Posted by Erik85 (Respected Member 274 posts) 10y Star this if you like it!

Hey guys,

I´m from Australia and I´ll be in the UK in a bit over 2 months time. I´ve organised the working holiday visa itself, but that´s about all (I didn´t bother getting a package deal).

Therefore I´m wondering what the first port of call is for some work to be arranged for me - which organisations do this? I would like to contact them early to let them know I´ll be coming.
I don´t really mind too much what I do, but my preference would be bar work/admin/or even public health related if that´s at all possible (have bachelor in this area but very limited experience).

Oh I only have the visa at the moment, and not a social security number or bank in the UK - is it better for these to be organised by me first or can an organisation do this?

Any help is appreciated!


2. Posted by hmclehto (Full Member 142 posts) 10y Star this if you like it!

I would say register with a few temping agencies it's easy enough to google them (hundreds and hundreds available). They will help you with getting a national insurance number and bank account, but those can't be organised before you'll arrive really.
Working for an agency has it's pro's and con's, you can choose when and where you want to work (if you want to go travelling, that's fine and when you'll arrive back with no money they'll find you work again) but obviously they take a cut out of your pay.
If you have most of the paper work organised before you'll arrive, I would say you will be working in no time. Good luck! I sooooo miss London and might be back in my home city of 7years sooner than later

3. Posted by sunset1999 (Full Member 108 posts) 10y Star this if you like it!

I know that in NZ you can organise a bank account before you go. They charge $100 to set it up for you. I definately know that ANZ in NZ,travellex and Hong Kong Shanghai Bank and I think even STA travel can do it. Not sure about Australia though.

I think it will be easier if you can sort out the bank account before you go because I've heard that it's difficult to do it over there. Also it'll be much easier on you because you wouldn't have to carry that much cash with you or have the need to transfer money over.