Part time work option in UK for international students

The good news is that recently UK relaxed post-study work visa (graduate route visa) rules for international students.

This will allow international as well as Nigerian students to stay in the UK for work after finishing their studies. However, there are certain rules regarding part-time work in the UK for international students who went on a student visa. In case any international student doesn’t comply with the rules laid down by the UKVI, they risk facing deportation.

Candidates can work on-campus or off-campus whatever opportunities they get. Following are the restrictions on working part-time while on UK student visa (Tier 4):

Maximum of 20 hours per week of paid/unpaid work for those studying at degree level or more

Maximum of 10 hours per week of paid/unpaid work during course term for language center students

The Student visa must be valid and issued for a full-time course.

Full-time work is allowed during vacations

Students pursuing part-time courses are not allowed to work in the UK by authorities

You can’t work full time until you have received a work permit (Tier 2)

Self-employment is not permitted, like any freelance or consultancy work

Before taking any part-time job, work placement, internship, unpaid, or volunteer work check that your tier 4 (general) visa status allows you to work in the UK. Working for too many hours can make you feel tired and stressed, which will directly affect your studies. That’s why many universities and colleges recommend international students work for a maximum of 20 hours per week.

The reason behind this is maintaining a study-life balance. You need to think about how a job will affect your daily life, and seek help from your tutor or international student support officer if you have any concerns.

Finding a part-time job that pays as well is not so easy, so, here is a list of high paying jobs that pay more than the regular part-time work to students.



Pay per hour (Approx.)

Marketing — £11.50

Accountancy— £12

Education—  £11.34

Health services — £10.80

Social Care— £9.50

Administration— £9

Sales— £8.80

Customer Service— £10

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