Frequently Asked Questions

Work & Travel Australia / NZ

Are jobs guaranteed?

All members will be offered work in Sydney, after registering their interest with our job desk. We work with hundreds of different employers, and often have 100’s of available jobs. Job duration lasts from a few days to a few months and anything in-between. As long as you keep in touch with us and let us know when you want work, we will do everything we can to make sure you have jobs!

*The Melbourne office offers job assistance as well, but please be aware that job availability is more limited outside of the Sydney area. See all our Melbourne office services.

Can I get a job before I arrive in the country?

Generally employers will only consider people for work if they are already in the country. Many of the jobs we get need workers to start within a few days of us being notified, and thus are only suitable for people that are already here in Australia.

Where will I live after the first few days in a hostel?

We can help you to find longer term or shared accommodation, as well as booking any hostel for you. We can also arrange for you to view furnished accommodation if you like, for short- or long-term stays.

How much will I earn?

Almost all of our jobs pay $22 per hour, or more, and can work any number of hours per week.

Can I find work even if I don’t have much work experience?

Yes, we work with a wide range of employers and offer both skilled and unskilled positions, so everyone, at every level of qualification, can find a job.

Can I find work if I am not very confident speaking English?

To participate in any of our programs, you need to have at least an Intermediate level of spoken English, and a good understanding and comprehension of English overall.

Can I get a full time/permanent/professional job?

Working holiday visa holders can only take up casual employment for a maximum of 6 months with any one single employer, due to the regulations of the visa, so placement into most professional or permanent positions is not possible. However, casual jobs can involve working 40 hours or more per week, so it is possible to work full-time equivalent hours or more.

Work & Travel United Kingdom

How does the program work?

We are contacted by our network to let us know of upcoming vacancies they will have, and we send them a selection of candidates to choose from. Once you are selected (don’t worry, everyone gets a job!), we will send the offer to you with the terms and conditions of your employment – including the wages, the hours, the type of accommodation, the location, etc… Once you have reviewed the offer, if you’re happy with it – the job is yours!

The terms and conditions for pub jobs are very similar right across the country, and the rate of pay is standardised for all live in jobs, so everyone receives very similar compensation.

What if I don’t like the job being offered?

We only give you one offer at a time, so if you turn down the offer you will have to wait until another Manager wants to offer you a job. That does mean that you’ll go back in the pool of candidates waiting to be selected, and it’s important to remember that when you decline several offers it becomes harder for us to ensure you have a job to arrive to! Being flexible is the key to securing a job as quickly as possible.

Where are the jobs located, and can I choose where I want to go?

We have pubs throughout England; some in London city, and many close to London. The rest are in the Midlands and Northern England. Location of offers will be subject to what’s available around the time of your planned arrival.

We always do our very best to get you a job in the general location requested, but it’s best to be flexible with your choice of location. Simply put, the more flexible you are, the more pubs and employers we can send your file to, and the more likely you will receive an offer sooner rather than later.

How far in advance do I need to confirm my registration?

We prefer you to allow a minimum of 6-8 weeks from the time you pay your deposit, ideally more. If you require our assistance with your visa application, then we recommend that you apply at least 3 months before your tentative arrival date in the UK. Keep in mind that our program does fill up, and many travellers apply up to a year in advance.

Do you restrict the number of applicants you accept?

Yes, we cap the number of people for every month to make sure we don’t end up with too many in any month. This is very important with the winter months (January to April) when the weather is bad and the hospitality trade slows.

Can you help me with my visa application?

Yes. Once you have signed up for the program we will email you some guidelines about how to complete your visa application. We can also check over your visa application before you submit it to the British High Commission, so you can feel confident everything is correct.

What is the best time of year to arrive?

Jobs are available throughout the year, although we do have some restrictions in place due to seasonal fluctuations. The best times to arrive are the months of May through December. The quietest months are from January to April. We limit the number of clients we take each month, but particularly in the months of February, March, April and August, as the job market is very slow during that time. If you are wishing to arrive during this period we recommend that you apply well in advance.

Do I need to books my flights before I have received my job offer?

Yes. We can’t find you a job if we don’t know when you are arriving! We need at least six weeks notice of your planned start work date so that we have time to find you a job before you arrive.

Can I change my start work date?

Yes, but we need at least six weeks notice from your new date or current start date, whichever is sooner. We understand that this date may need to be changed due to problems beyond your control. If this happens to you, please let us know as soon as possible.

When can I expect to get my job?

Managers often only receive relatively short notice from their current staff, making it harder for them to plan, so most offers come up in the last week or two before arrival.

What do the jobs involve?

Most jobs offered are front of house, which can be bar work, waiting tables, general clearing duties, etc. Managers will offer the roles based on needs. There will always be some cleaning involved, which is true for any hospitality job.

What are the types of pubs?

Most pubs are either traditional English or Gastro pubs. We do have others including the Walkabout Group operating in many cities around England and always close to the Uni’s and colleges

What hours will I have to work?

The hours that you work each week are normally based on a standard 40-hour week. Most of the pubs work on a roster system, so the hours can vary, but the average is 38 – 45 hours per week. You will almost definitely be expected to work weekends and should normally receive 2 days off per week.

How much money will I make?

The standard pay rate is £6.20 per hour gross (aged 21 or over), and £5.20 per hour gross aged 18-20, so you should gross between £200-250 per week before deductions. That will net back down to £160–200 a week in your hand, and more for more hours, with tips on top. The net amount that will be quoted on your job offer is after your tax and after all your deductions.

There can be tips on top of your wages, and that can range anything from £25 to £100 per week, some pubs can be more. Your specific job offer will include more information on what you can expect to earn in tips.

Pay can be weekly, fortnightly and monthly. This is determined by the manager. If the pay cycle is not shown on your job offer, you should assume that you will be paid monthly.

What is the accommodation like?

In most pubs you will be living in shared house-style accommodation. Some pubs have a staff house nearly by, but most accommodation is within the pub.

Most pubs offer twin-shared rooms (same sex) and double rooms for couples. A few do still offer single rooms.

Most offer cooking, bathroom, and communal facilities to be shared by staff members – basic, but comfortable! Whilst we do have a number of clear standards that we expect from any venue, please do take into account that you are sharing the accommodation with other members of staff, and that there is a joint responsibility to keep the place neat and orderly. If you have ever lived in student or shared accommodation before, you will know what to expect!

What if I am unhappy with the job or accommodation?

While we work hard to ensure that all the employers we work with provide a good standard of living and good terms of employment, we will provide you with a guideline regarding the procedure to follow if you have any problems or complaints with your job.

How long do I have to stay in the job?

The jobs are all full-time permanent positions, so you can stay as long as you like. There’s no fixed term contract, so you’re not locked in for any set period of time, but most managers do request a minimum commitment period of at least 4-6 months.

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