To get a job you must be legally entitled to work in the UK and have, or have applied for a valid National Insurance Number (NINO). Application for NINOs are made at Jobcentre Plus, who will then invite you to an “Evidence of Identity” interview before issuing a NINO
Most European EU and EEA nationals are free to enter and work in the UK - but if you are a national of a country that recently joined the European Union, you may have to register or apply for permission before you begin work, an exception to this being nationals of Bulgaria and Romania, which joined the EU in 2007, for whom there are restrictions on the type of work they are able to do. These will apply at least until 2012 and probably until 2014. Most workers coming to the UK from other countries outside of the European Economic Area must apply to the UK Border Agency before they can work here.
Young people under the age of 13 years of age can only work in special circumstances with the permission of the local council. Between 13 and 16 they can do light work - such as having a newspaper delivery round. There is more choice at 16 and at 18 people have the same rights as adults. To find out more about work and young people click here.
Your Working Rights (opens pdf document)
What is an Employment Agency
Jobcentre Plus can help you look for a job. They have details of job vacancies and can advise you about looking for work, starting your own business and how to claim State benefits.
Labour providers (or gangmasters) supply workers direct to employers. Labour providers must be licensed and have to follow strict rules. If you feel that you have been treated unfairly by a labour provider you can report it here.
A CV (curriculum vitae) is a short list of facts about you and your work history, skills and experience. A good CV is essential when looking for work and it is worth spending time getting it right so it sells you to an employer.
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