Student Part Time Jobs

Student part time jobs are essential to earning extra cash all around the UK whether you are at college or university in the major cities such as London, Nottingham, Edinburgh, Cardiff, Manchester, Glasgow, Bristol or any other part of the UK.

Because of the nature of part time and temporary positions the recruitment process is shorter and less stressful than if you were applying for a full-time vacancy. However, all prospective employers will want to see your curriculum vitae (CV) to see what qualifications and practical experience you already have.

Types of Part Time Jobs Available

Student part-time job in a barMost part time jobs will suit your own circumstances so you can work in the evenings and weekends and possibly when you don't have lesson time. Most work is likely to be available in the hospitality industry such as football clubs, race courses, and rugby clubs but general bar work is also abundant.

  • Bar staff in the local pub or restaurant.
  • Waiters in restaurants taking orders, assisting customers and delivering food from the kitchen.
  • Working at exhibition centres such as the NEC in Birmingham and Olympia in London.
  • Kitchen staff - hard work but not customer facing.
  • Modelling jobs - if your face fits then why not exploit it! - Just be careful with agencies that want YOU to hand over cash - avoid.
  • Waiting staff - in hospitality suites and boxes on match days at football clubs.
  • Fundraising - there are many charities that will pay you to knock on doors to raise funds.
  • Cleaning staff - after event cleaning staff as well as hotels and restaurants.
  • Become a butler! - if you are in good physical condition you can become a butler at hen parties in peoples' homes.

What Qualifications Do You Need?

Most companies will not require formal qualifications but will look for trustworthy people as the handling of cash is mostly involved especially with waiting and bar staff. Most will ask if you have worked in a similar environment before but generally training will be provided.

Companies will mostly want people who are willing to work hard, are polite to their peers and customers and are of smart appearance as you will be working in a team environment and be customer facing so good spoken English is also a must. You will, of course, need to be punctual and show up to work at the time requested.

Example Part-Time Jobs for Students Chart

Below are some recent employer adverts for part-time jobs around the UK and the pay offered for the role.

EmployerRole DescriptionAverage Pay
Lords Cricket GroundBar/Catering/Hospitality£8 an hour
EPCRSBrochure/Catalogue Distributor£80-160 per week
GoogleTeam Members£7.75/ hour
itsuRestaurant Waiting Staff£80-160 per week
TescoCatering Assistant£7.62 - 9.83 an hour
Pret-a-MangerTeam memberUp to £8.85 an hour
McDonaldsTeam members£5.60 - 7.50 an hour

What Salary and Benefits Can You Expect?

It's likely that most companies will pay you the minimum wage. This rate varies between £5.60 per hour for 18 to 20 year-olds, £7.05 for 21 and 24 year-olds, and £7.50 for 25 and above. Most event companies will also provide you with a uniform and probably pay for your meals while you're on duty.

Applying for Jobs

Your university is likely to have local contact numbers but there are also a number of student job websites you can visit or some agencies will help you out. With the first two you'll need to do the legwork yourself by filling in personal details, attaching your CV with a cover letter with a recent photograph of yourself as some companies need that for security passes. One great jobs website is here. You should also prepare for the interview by practising your technique and interview questions a few days before you visit the company.

Hospitality Opportunities

Events are a great way to earn extra income but also perhaps get to see a football match for free (OK, you will be required to work, but you will be able to savour the atmosphere and celebrate politely with your customers). You'll get a good grounding in serving people which should introduce you to excellent customer service.