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  • If you're planning to move to London and will be getting a job, here are a few things you should know

  • about working here. Now these tips are for people who aren't from the UK

  • so aren't familiar with the working culture here and

  • they're also for people who already have the right to work here

  • so I'm not gonna be talking about getting a Visa or anything like that and I can't help with that.

  • Salaries are paid monthly.

  • As an American I'm pretty used to getting paid twice a month,

  • here they pay monthly and it's typically at the end of the month but it kind of depends.

  • Back in my permanent job days I had to learn how to budget a little bit better

  • to make that one monthly payment stretch a little bit further.

  • Also freelance work and hourly jobs and part time jobs that can totally vary.

  • You might not live close to where you work.

  • Because of the prices of rent in London it's very common for people to live in totally different areas

  • from where they work specially if they work in central London

  • it's really hard to be able to afford to actually live in central London.

  • So you are gonna need to keep this in mind when you're planning where your job is gonna be

  • and also where you are going to live.

  • I do talk about this in a couple of my videos about where to live

  • and how to find a place to live when you move to London.

  • You can watch on one those by clicking the card popping up there.

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  • You will be on a contract no matter what type of job that you get.

  • Again this is a little different for me coming from the US where part time workers and hourly workers

  • typically aren't on a contract that stipulates how much holiday time that you get off

  • and things beyond really, like this is what you get paid...

  • But yeah most jobs here you're going to end up signing a contract and you will probably also have a notice period.

  • And of course if you are a freelancer you definitely always want to have a contract in place that stipulates

  • how much you're getting paid and all the usual freelancer stuff.

  • Americans here is one to blow your mind,

  • it is UK law for employers to give employees at minimum 20 days of holidays time or vacation time a year.

  • This is so different from the US obviously, which, there's no minimum in the US

  • and on average employers usually give around 10 days of holiday a year.

  • And then if you are working part-time or like hourly, I don't even think they usually give holiday time at all,

  • you just don't get paid if you take time off.

  • If you are from another country besides the UK or the US let me know in the comments

  • what the holiday time is like in the country you are from.

  • You'll work with a diverse group of people.

  • Because London is so diverse you're most likely gonna end up working with other employees

  • and also costumers that are from all around the world and might have varying accents, English abilities

  • and also just cultural differences.

  • So this is your first job in London it would be worth mentioning any experience that you have in dealing

  • with people that are different from you in the past while you're in your interview.

  • Notice periods can be really long.

  • By notice period I mean the amount of time that you have to stay in your role after you submit your resignation

  • Now this typically pertains more to roles that are office based and like for salary,

  • full-time permanents employees.

  • Typically a notice period for lower level employees will be around one month

  • but then as you are mid-level, executive-level it can be 6 months or even a year.

  • In terms of part-time and salary work, from asking around with my friends it seems like that

  • it just completely depends on the company and what's in the contract that you've signed

  • when you started working for them.

  • You need an NI number to work.

  • If you are not British you need to apply for an NI number or a National Insurance Number,

  • when you get to London in order to be able to work and also do some other things

  • like opening a bank account and get a mobile phone.

  • So as soon as you get to London arrange for you appointment to get your NI number

  • and as soon as you have applied for it you can start working legally.

  • There's a lot of talking around London about the minimum wage versus living wage

  • Minimum wage is the national minimum that employers in the UK must pay their employees

  • which at the time of recording is 7.83£ if you are 25 or older,

  • 7.38£ if you are 21 to 24 years old and 5.90£ if you are 18 to 20 years old.

  • Then there is the real living wage which is calculated by the living wage foundation

  • which at the time of recording is 10.20£ for London specifically.

  • This is the number that represents how much somebody would realistically need to be earning

  • in order to actually survive living in London.

  • Unfortunately, the living wage is not enforced by law, it's only a suggestion at this point.

  • Londoners work long hours-ish.

  • I'm a New Yorker and if were working full time right now back in New York I'd probably be averaging

  • about 55 hours of work a week including late nights and weekend work.

  • It's just how it is when working in New York City so comparatively speaking

  • I think actually working in London, in let's say office full-time permanent positions,

  • people here tend to have a better work-life balance.

  • That being said if we compare how much Londoners work to the rest of the UK and also the rest of Europe ,

  • it is a lot more than the average pretty much anywhere else.

  • So depending on where you are from you'll probably notice a difference from what you're used to.

  • This video is part of my living in London series, there's lots of videos in which I talk about

  • moving to London, living in London, working in London, my experience living here as American...

  • You can watch one of those videos by clicking the boxes I have popped up here.

  • And I will see you in the next video.

If you're planning to move to London and will be getting a job, here are a few things you should know

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