Frequently asked questions

We've put together a list of our most common questions to help you on your way to the UK.

We line you up with both a job and accommodation before you leave home. 

Thanks to our network of pubs in the UK we have jobs waiting for you once you’ve applied. Our expert team will chat you through to discuss suitable locations or jobs available. Once you are selected, we will send a job offer to you which will have a summary of all the basic terms and conditions of your employment – including the wages, the hours, the type of accommodation, the food policy (many of the pubs have a free or subsidised meal as part of the package), uniforms (if you need one, it’s usually just black trousers or black skirt, black shoes etc), the location, and the website. All of this information is provided directly by the managers of the pubs. Once you have reviewed the offer and if you’re happy with it – let us know. At that point, we will advise the manager and the job is yours!

We also offer:

  • Assistance with all pre-departure arrangements (flights, travel insurance etc)
  • A personalised arrival guide with info, directions, and top tips to help you adjust to life in the UK
  • Assistance with your UK bank account prior to departure
  • Information on how to register for NHS health cover in the UK
  • On going support from our team
  • Guidance on your UK YMS visa or UK Ancestry visa application
  • UK Sim card provided prior to your arrival

The total cost of the program is just $890. If you want to go ahead with the programme, you meet with us first to discuss your options and eligibility before making your decision.  Once accepted, you only pay half of the programme cost as a deposit ($445). The remaining balance is only payable six weeks prior to your intended departure date, or at the time a job offer has been finalised – whichever comes first. Payments are payable by electronic bank transfer or credit / debit card.

 

You’ll be working full time hours of approx. 38-48 per week, whilst earning anything from £250-£325 per week! Don’t forget you’ll also earn tips on top of your wages and with two guaranteed days off each week, you can be sure that you’ll have plenty of time and funds available to make the most of your time in the UK!



We offer the cheapest rent in the UK at around £5 per day! Accommodation includes laundry, kitchen, fully furnished rooms, wifi, etc. and we don’t charge any move-in bonds or deposits! You also won’t have any travel costs as you’ll be living on site (does it get any better?!) Couples get a double room, whilst singles will either have their own room or be paired with someone else (depending on the location).

As a staff member you’ll be well looked after with meal/food discounts (usually at least 50% off the menu price and sometimes free meals!).

Our employers are looking for staff in the 18-30 age range. We are looking for applicants who have work experience prior to departure in hospitality, retail or customer service.  

Yes! We place many couples & groups of friends into great pub jobs. When placing more than one person, however, it does become increasingly important to be flexible on the location of your job placement.

You won’t have to attend a face-to-face interview because we screen all of our applicants & assist with visa applications. The pub managers know that anyone they select from us will make an excellent member of staff. Often, the managers will want to have a phone interview with you first – but these tend to be fairly brief & informal – just a chance to have a chat and make sure you’re the right fit! You can ask any questions you have about your role, the local area and accommodation. 

We will only offer you one job offer at a time, but you do have every right to turn it down if there’s anything that you’re not happy with. That does mean you’ll go back in the pool of candidates waiting for another manager to select you. Being flexible is key – we want you to be happy with your offer.

We have pubs throughout England, some in London, many close to London and the rest in the midlands and northern England. We also have some pubs in Scotland & Wales!

 

We are not a recruitment agency and therefore cannot place you in a specific location of your choice. Location will always be subject to demand and preferences of the pub managers (the employers). We always do our very best to get you a job in the area that you’ve requested, but being flexible is very important, and locations cannot be guaranteed. Please note: London managers will only consider applicants who have several years of strong restaurant/bar experience.

You need 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 6 months before your tentative arrival date in the UK.



Yes, you will need either a UK/Irish passport, a UK Ancestry visa, or a Tier 5 Youth Mobility visa. Contact us today to find out more about your visa options.

Yes! Visa applications can be tricky, and getting the answers you need can be difficult. Our affiliated visa partner, Restless World, have visa experts on staff who can provide you with all of the guidance and assistance you’ll need. As one of the world’s leading visa assistance providers, Restless World has close relationships with the British High Commission, and will ensure that your application is completed quickly and accurately.

 

While your visa application should take less than 6 weeks to process, we recommend that you allow 8-10 weeks in case of any potential problems or delays. The earliest you can apply is 6 months before your UK arrival date.

 

Tier 5 Youth Mobility visa

The Tier 5 Youth Mobility visa will cost £230.

The British High Commission requires you to have the equivalent of £2530 or more in available savings. You will need a bank statement or a letter from your bank as documentary evidence.

At some VFS Global offices, there may be additional service charges to cover the courier costs of sending your application away for processing. 

International Health Surcharge Fee is – £940

Ancestry Visa:

The Ancestry Visa will cost you £516.

The British High Commission requires you to have the equivalent of £2500 or more in available savings. You will need a bank statement or a letter from your bank as documentary evidence.

International Health Surcharge Fee is – £3120

For full information visit GOV.UK

*Updated 20 May 2021

No, unfortunately not. Your program fee covers the program inclusions only. You are responsible for all additional costs, including flights, travel insurance, visa application fees/costs.

We are of course able to assist with all travel arrangements and we encourage all participants to use our travel service.

Jobs are available throughout the year, although we do have some restrictions in place due to seasonal fluctuations. The busiest time of the year for job placements is over the English summer period and again over the Christmas/New Year period. We limit the number of clients we take in February and March as the job market is very slow during that time. If you wish to arrive during this period we recommend that you apply well in advance.



Yes. We need at least six weeks notice of your planned start work date so that we have sufficient time to make your arrival arrangements. It is very important that this date remains unchanged. If you need help with your flights, just let us know!



Yes, but we need at least six weeks notice from your new date or current start date, whichever is sooner. Sometimes this date needs to be changed due to problems beyond an applicant’s control. If this happens to you, please let us know immediately.



All jobs are offered by the pub managers and most managers only receive notice from their current staff of around 10-30 days before they leave, so most job offers come up in this time frame.

The type of work is mainly front of house, which can include: bartending, waiting tables, clearing tables, cleaning duties, kitchen work, housekeeping, etc.

Most of the pubs work on a roster system, so the hours can vary, but the average is 39 – 45 hours per week (full time). You can usually expect to work 5 days each week, with two days off, and you should also expect to work during most weekends.

In most pubs you will be living in a shared flat above the pub. Some pubs have a house or cottage on-site, or close by if the accommodation is not on-site.

Most pubs offer twin-shared rooms (same sex) and double rooms for couples. You should expect to share your room with one other member of staff. This is of course always dependent on the individual pub and you will be told prior to arrival what the arrangements will be.

Most venues will offer shared cooking, bathroom, and communal facilities – 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.

 

The jobs are all full-time permanent positions, so you can stay as long as you like. We require a minimum commitment of at least 4-6 months.

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.

Yes. Having travel insurance is very important. We have a number of insurance options that we can discuss with you.

You will need to apply for a NIN (National Insurance Number). This cannot be sorted until you are in the UK – but it’s important that you get this sorted right away upon arrival. We will provide you with further instructions before you leave home.

Yes, this is advisable to avoid paying any unnecessary foreign exchange fees with numerous transactions from your home bank account. We will assist you with setting up a bank account prior to arrival.



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