Living And Working In London
London is a fantastic city in which to live and work.
What makes London unique is how the city has retained the classic elements, setting it apart from every other city in the world. From ancient icons like the Tower of London to more recent phenomena like Adele, this sprawling wonder of humanity has a nearly endless string of attractions.
Living in London
The vast majority of those in their 20s and many people in their 30s live in a flatshare or some form of shared accommodation.
- The 20s; Working Holiday Maker: You're going to be renting with several other people in either a dingy flatshare somewhat close to a rather desirable area or in a slightly less dingy place further away from anything desirable. In either case, it doesn't matter too much as you'll primarily be using it as a place to crash.
- The 20s; Couple: You're still likely to be renting with other people, but at least with two of you to pay the rent, you can afford something substantially nicer. If you opt to live on your own, don't expect anything too luxurious.
- Rental prices decline the further out of Central London you go. Zone 1 is now almost exclusively the realm of the extremely wealthy unless you happen to live in a council flat (which you're unlikely to get, even if you're coming from elsewhere in the UK, let alone another country). Properties in Zone 2 are rapidly increasing in price although there is a wider range of locations and properties to choose from in this area.
- The closer a flat/house is to a station, the more expensive it is. Underground stations command an additional premium over stations served only by the Overground, DLR, and National Rail. Tram stations are the least desirable, partly due to their location and partly because none of the tram lines run into Central London.
Working in London
London's economy is booming these days, as is the cost of living. However despite a return to economic growth in the UK, almost one million young people are still unemployed.The youth unemployment rate in London stands at 25%. While the prospects of young graduates have been affected by the recession, it is young school leavers who will most likely struggle to compete with other highly skilled job seekers. This means that it's important to find a job quickly once you move to London, or better yet, find one before moving here so you can hit the ground running.
- Average commute for a Londoner is one hour – with us, your average commute is between 20 - 40 min
- The minimum wage for workers aged 18 - 20 in London is £5.13 an hour, workers aged 21 and over aver £6.50 an hour – with us your first job will start at £7.51 - £8.21 per hour
- The average time for foreign worker to secure reliable employment is eight weeks – with us you are already employed before you leave
- The biggest setback for foreign nationals on temporary work visas is the lack of recruitment agencies offering casual part-time employment to suit work visas (permanent residency is preferred) – that's why we only work with foreign nationals on temporary work visas, to make sure you get quality service that's right for you
Our Jumpstart London Pack is an ideal solution for your big move to the metropolis of the UK.