Moving to the UK

Moving to the UK

June 09, 2022


If you’ve been thinking about a new change of direction and would like to explore a new country then the UK is a great place to start.  Ok so we’re not famous for our hot weather but the UK is full of history and endless cultural sights you can visit with each place offering a fascinating story to tell.

Having helped many expats find work when they arrive we know the ups and downs of making the move and can provide a proactive service in getting you settled into your new role. Many of our consultants have made them move themselves and can offer advice for all the different aspects of starting a new career in the UK.

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After surviving the worst recession in decades the economy is recovering and employment is on the up.  The UK has seen an increase in employment year on year and as a result our consultants have never been busier. An encouraging feeling knowing that our strong city is still alive, with work coming in and plenty on offer to keep you active and your mind buzzing.


  1. London is one of the most diverse cities in the world
  2. The London underground!
  3. There are many beautiful parks in London, you could lose yourself walking through Hampstead Heath, it’s so peaceful you’d think you were in the country.
  4. There’s always something new and exciting happening, you’ll never be bored.
  5. Great food from many different cultures, fabulous restaurants and delicious street markets offering the finest organic local produce.
  6. London has excellent transport links to the rest of Europe which is on our doorstep.
  7. London attracts the biggest sporting events from around the world.
  8. There are plenty of free attractions in London that you can enjoy, including some of the best museums and galleries in the world.


Below is some important information you will need to know once you have accepted your job offer. We will help you get everything sorted out from your visa to arriving in the UK, it’s all fairly straight forward.

These are just a few of the things you’ll need to consider before coming to the UK……..

Accommodation: it’s best to set up temporary accommodation before leaving so you have somewhere to stay when you arrive.  You can expect to pay £15-£25 a night for a hostel, or slightly more with AirBnB until you find more permanent accommodation. London is very diverse offering a number of nice areas to choose from when deciding where to live, we can suggest the best places to look at when you arrive.

Visas: once the above has been done, you will then be able to complete your Visa application.  For more information you can take a look at the UK Boarder agencies website here. It's a good idea to have a 4-6 week head start on your visa and be clear on what you need to have done before arriving in the UK. 

Booking flights: it’s a good idea to book as far in advance as possible to ensure you get the most affordable rate. There is not a particular best website for this, as depending on the time of year you are going will depend on flight costs, a few sites to looks at could be STA Travel: or Flight Centre often have some good deals. Skyscanner also offers some very competitive options if you're price-driven. 

Tax & Finances: The UK tax systems requires you to have a National Insurance number, which you can only apply for once you've arrived on UK soil. Because this can take several weeks, you should get onto it as soon as you're in the UK so that you can get paid accurately as soon as possible when you start work. You can get started with getting an NI here

Travel: the best way to travel around London is via public transport, or on foot. You can purchase an Oyster card for and top it up with pay as you go or buy a daily/weekly/monthly travel card, or use your contactless debit or credit card to pay. CityMapper is an excellent mobile app for mapping our your transport options when getting from A to B, or if you prefer to travel on two wheels, download the Santander Cycles app to access the city bikes dotted around London.

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