Part-time jobs and work experience

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jobshop-team-small-webGetting a job whilst at University is a great way to gain work experience and develop your employability skills. Jobs on offer vary and typically include retail, hospitality and administration but also include specialist roles from time to time.

The Careers Service Student Jobshop works with local organisations and University Departments to identify part-time/casual and vacation work to fit around your studies. Vacancies are advertised on Career Connect which you can access via MUSE (Tip: Use the ‘Vacancy Type’ to select ‘Part-time/casual work’).

We are located on Level 3 of the Students’ Union and open Monday, 10am - 4.30pm, Tuesday, 11.15am - 4.30pm and Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, 9am - 4.30pm. You can drop-in at any time – no appointment necessary.

If you are intending to work as a casual worker or Graduate Teaching Assistant/Associate for the University, please register on myJobshop.

Current vacancies

Where to look

Start by using Career Connect and talking to staff in the Student Jobshop, but there's lots of other information via the following links:

Useful resources

Know your employment rights

Watch this short video to learn about your employment rights as a part-time/casual worker, including minimum wage and holiday pay, itemised payslips, contracts and working hours and bullying and harassment.

How many hours?

This will be dictated by your student status, but generally, the University recommends that students studying a full-time degree course do not work more than 16 hours per week during term-time:

Sheffield International College students – If the course is for 12 months, up to 10 hours per week. Working is not permitted for courses of 6 months or less.
English Language Teaching Centre students – Maximum 10 hours per week during term-time.
International students – Typically a maximum of 20 hours per week during term-time (more in vacations) but check your visa sticker/Biometric Residence Permit (BRP) to confirm this.
International Post Graduate Taught (PGT) students – Maximum of 20 hours per week during term-time. Up to full-time during Christmas and Easter vacations, but not during summer until all exams are complete/dissertation submitted.
Post Graduate Research (PGR) students – Are considered to be in term-time for the duration of the academic year (except vacation). Are allowed 8 weeks’ vacation each academic year during which you may work full-time; Supervisor annual leave permission required.

What will I be paid?

The UK has a National Minimum Wage (NMW) which is a minimum hourly rate of pay you are entitled too, depending on your age, although many employers do pay a higher rate.

You are paid according to the number of hours you work, which may be on a weekly or monthly basis. Working hours may be confirmed by a sign-in/sign-out or time sheet procedure so ensure you follow the relevant process for the organisation you work for. All workers must be issued with a payslip from their employer which confirms the amount of pay given, and the tax and insurance deducted.

What about Tax and National Insurance (NI)?

Everyone has a Personal Allowance (PA) - the amount of money you are allowed to earn each tax year (6 April to 5 April) before you pay Income Tax. For 2019-20, the standard PA is £12,500 meaning if you earn less than this, you should not normally have to pay Income Tax.

In addition, everyone who plans to work in the UK must have a National Insurance (NI) number. NI contributions are a tax on earnings to build your entitlement to state benefits such as State Pension. You begin paying NI once you earn over £166 per week (2019-20), and it is applied to each income payment you receive, rather than annually. If you are a UK resident aged 16 to 19, you should be sent an NI number automatically. If you are moving to the UK and plan to work part-time, you must apply for an NI number once you are in the UK. Further information can be found on the Government website or by visiting the Student Jobshop when you arrive on campus. Please do not pay any agency to obtain a National Insurance Number - National Insurance Numbers are issued free of charge.