Coming to the UK

If you are a newcomer to the United Kingdom, we are equally dedicated to helping you find permanent or temporary employment. Before we can assign you to any of our clients, however, we must first ensure that you meet all the legal requirements for employment within the UK. In order to confirm these details, an Spa & Beauty Connection employee will hold a face to face interview with you and get all the information required to determine your right to employment.

If you are unsure whether or not you are legally permitted to work within the UK, please ensure you have the following documents:

  • Visa
  • National Insurance number
  • UK bank account
  • Personal Information


Spa & Beauty Connection is not a visa assistance service, and thus we are incapable of providing any specific advice in regards to EU visas. Employers in the UK do not offer sponsorship for a work visa if you are not an EU citizen.

For more information and to conduct your own research, please visit www.ukvisas.gov.uk.

National Insurance Number

All employees in the UK pay into national insurance and taxes. To ensure this gets done, you are assigned a National Insurance number. You will need to contact HM Revenue and Customs if you do not already have one. Their website is www.hmrc.gov.uk.

More specifically, you will need to complete Form P86 which is used by HMRC to determine your income tax and to provide you with all the proper income tax allowances. Your local tax office is where you should bring the form once you have completed it.

To obtain your National Insurance number, you will need to book an appointment at the nearest Job Centre office. Here, you will participate in a short interview and fill out an assortment of forms. Within the following four weeks you will receive confirmation of your assigned number.

UK Bank Account

Most if not all employers will pay into your UK-based bank account as opposed to the bank account in your home country, so opening a bank account as soon as you arrive is recommended. Find your way to a local bank and inquire with a financial advisor on what you specifically need to provide in order to open a bank account.

Although you might need more documents, the following are a given and you should bring these with you to your first appointment with an advisor:

  • Passport
  • Last three bank statements from your bank account in your home country
  • A letter from your landlord that provides your current address in the UK

Opening an account in the UK is free but can end up being time-consuming. Beginning the process as early as possible is essential. 

Personal Information

Besides all the basic legal requirements, here are a few things you should make sure you are attending to:

  • References from previous employers (translated if non-English)
  • Copies of any vocational certificates (translated/transferred if non-English)
  • Recent health check and vaccinations
  • Adequate accommodation to receive mail
  • Money saved in order to cover your expenses as you search for a job. A job search can take anywhere from two weeks to over two months so it is best to be prepared.