It is best to secure employment before you move. Gaining employment is never easy where ever you live.

When you apply for a job, always check the job advert for the correct way to apply. The usual two ways are with a completed application form (which you’ll need to request from the company) or with a CV, and applications are still often posted, not emailed.

It is not usual to send copies of your qualifications, reference letters, or a photo with the initial application, but do check the job advert carefully. These documents will be needed if you get an interview so keep them in a folder ready to present.

As ever, ensure you meet the deadline for applications and check you meet all of the job criteria. Tailor your CV and covering letter to show how you tick all the boxes and are therefore the best person for the job.


Minimum Wage 

You must be at least:

  • school leaving age to get the National Minimum Wage
  • aged 25 to get the National Living Wage – the minimum wage will still apply for workers aged 24 and under


The National Living Wage and the National Minimum Wage from 1 April 2016.

National Minimum Wage rates change every October. National Living Wage rates change every April.



Minimum Wage

25 +


21 to 24


18 to 20


Under 18