Advice on working part-time when you’re a student

Stuck for cash? Being a student and working a part-time job is pretty common these days. Some students do it for extra money, while for others it’s more about meeting new people and gaining some valuable experience. Wherever you’re working, it’s important that your job is both rewarding and safe. Check out these simple safety tips and get CluedUp about working when you’re a student in Aberdeen.

Don’t overstretch yourself

A lot of students make the mistake of taking a job with part-time hours and then accept extra shifts later on. Our advice is to limit the time you spend working to 20 hours per week. That way you’ll be able to make the most of student life and have a good balance between studying, working and socialising. After all, you’re only a student for a few years so make the most of it!

Paying tax

If you have a job when you’re a student you may need to pay Income Tax and National Insurance. You’ll pay income tax on anything you earn that is over £10,600 a year in the tax year April to April. Find out more information about paying tax and National Insurance from the Inland Revenue.

Your rights as an employee

Make sure your employer is following the government guidelines on working hours, pay conditions and holidays. You can find out the National Minimum wage here.

Working when you’re an international student

If you’re an international student, you’ll have strict guidelines and working restrictions noted on your visa. Working beyond these hours would be unlawful and could result in you facing criminal charges.

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