Having a job alongside your studies has many potential benefits. It can give you the opportunity to earn extra money, enhance your CV, and improve your employability skills and prospects beyond university. Working part-time also offers the chance to meet new people and have a different social experience outside the university environment.
However, you should make sure that you can balance your job and your studies - we strongly recommend that you work no more than 15 hours per week during term time. Retail and hospitality jobs generally give you the flexibility to work weekends and evenings around your studies, but there are a wide range of roles which offer part-time hours.
Our Jobs Online database is the first place to start looking for part-time jobs or vacation work while you are studying. The database is updated regularly so make sure you browse it often so you don't miss out on any relevant jobs. You can also sign up for email alerts so you are notified as soon as a vacancy is added to the database which matches your search criteria. It is a very good idea to do this, as part-time jobs get filled very quickly.
International Students (those who are not from European Economic Area countries or Switzerland) cannot work more than 20 hours per week in term time or more than 10 hours per week for students on the Foundation courses – except in the case of sandwich placement or internship. The penalties for working more are severe and can result in you being asked to leave the country. See more details on our International Students pages.
Where to look for part-time vacancies
There are many places you can look for part-time vacancies, including:
Most local newspapers have a weekly jobs pullout, but you can also usually find the same information online:
Many recruiters advertise their part-time vacancies online.
Below are local companies and organisations which do this in The Broadway centre and elsewhere in Bradford:
Jobcentre Plus is run by the UK government to provide support for people seeking employment. Their Universal Jobmatch website is easy to use and you can search for jobs locally or anywhere in the UK. It is a good source of part time and temporary work.
Signing up with some recruitment agencies can be a useful way of finding temporary or part time work. Never use an agency which asks you for money – regulated agencies earn their fees from the employer.
You can usually find a list of agencies in the Bradford area in Wednesday’s Telegraph and Argus newspaper, or you can go to www.yell.com and search for employment agencies.
Agencies tend to specialise in certain types of work and can offer both permanent and temporary contracts. Register with the ones that offer the kind of jobs that you are interested in. Local recruitment agencies include:
- Assist Support (tel 0845 600 8376) - public sector, housing association and retail & business work, including locally-based Morrisons.
- Brook Street (tel 01274 733721) - office and light industrial work.
- Interaction Recruitment (tel 01274 743943) - customer service and office work.
- Office Angels (tel 01274 726300) - secretarial, administration and office-based work.
- Premier Education (tel 01274 271 173) - education and teaching.
- Reed (tel 01274 377610) - office, education, light industrial and health work.
- Smarter Recruitment (tel 01274 393687) - deal with a wide range of work, with labouring and catering work regularly advertised.
- Stafforce (tel 01274 777973) - manufacturing and industrial work.
The REC website gives a list of members and useful advice on using the services of a recruitment agency, and the SAFERJobs website also has advice about working with recruitment companies.
Some businesses looking for part time employees put adverts in their windows, or on a noticeboard outside their premises. There are lots of shops and businesses in Bradford city centre and Forster Square Retail Park.
Friends and other contacts
One effective way of getting a part-time job is through word of mouth, so make sure that you let your friends and family know that you are looking for part-time work as they may have some helpful ideas or may even know of a vacancy.
Be aware of scam jobs
Young people are amongst the most defrauded jobseekers in Britain, so it pays to take precautions when looking for a job. The SAFERJobs website offers advice and information to help protect job seekers from falling prey to scam jobs.
Working on campus
There are a limited number of jobs available on campus, including admin and clerical posts, jobs within the Student Union, and student mentors.
Career and Employability Services manage the University’s vacancies for casual and part-time staff. All opportunities are advertised through our Jobs Online database. Please register here to search and apply for part-time work. If you get a job on campus, you will also have the option to join the University Work Register for one year. The University Work Register provides temporary staff for all areas of the University if they are needed.
- Student Ambassador roles are also a good opportunity to represent the University and gain work experience. There is an ongoing recruitment process throughout the year rather than an advert on Jobs Online - see the details and complete the application form.
Contracts for on-campus work
If you are offered a job on campus, you will need to make an appointment with Nicola Crowther to arrange a contract before you start work.
You will need to book a 10-minute slot by calling us on 01274 234991 and then bring the following documents with you:
- Your bank details
- Your passport or full British birth certificate (A4 size)
- Your National Insurance card or evidence of national insurance, e.g. tax form or old payslip
- Your student ID card.
If you have had a job on campus previously and would like to renew your contract, we just need to see:
- Your student ID card
- Your passport or full British birth certificate (A4 size).
Please note: we will not produce a contract for you unless you have been offered a specific job on campus.
If you have any other questions relating to contracts or payments, please email Nicola Crowther.
Applying for part-time work
If you are interested in an advertised job, read the advert closely and follow the instructions on how to submit your application- this is likely to be via an online form or CV and covering letter, but make sure you are supplying exactly what is asked for to ensure your application is considered.
You can find advice on our applying for jobs pages on:
However you may not need to go into the same level of detail on your CV for part-time work as you would for a graduate-level role, so a one-page CV should be acceptable. Here are some examples of CVs for part-time work, along with a covering letter.
If you know what work you’d like to do, or if you know of an employer who regularly takes on part-time staff (e.g. in a bar or restaurant), visit them and ask if they are recruiting – make sure you take a copy of your CV. If they don’t accept CVs, they may ask you to fill in an application form. You could telephone or write, but make sure to send your CV and a covering letter.
How much will I be paid?
Your wage will depend on the type of work you are doing, your skills, the time of day and the type of employer, but legally all employers must pay their employees the minimum wage.
As of October 2016, the National Minimum Wage (NMW) rates are:
- £6.95 per hour for workers 21 and over
- £5.55 per hour for 18 - 20 yrs
Plus, in April 2016 the National Living Wage was introduced, meaning that anyone aged 25 and above is legally entitled to at least £7.20 per hour (again, this is subject to change every year and is set to rise to £7.50 in April 2017).
The NMW rate normally changes in October each year.
(Figures taken from Gov.uk website).
Individual advice on part-time jobs
Please feel free to come and speak to us for help with searching and applying for part-time work. We offer a few different types of appointments depending on your needs:
- Drop-in sessions every weekday from 10am-12pm and 1pm-3pm (for initial CV checks and general queries)- no need to book
- Appointments with an Employability and Placement Adviser (for help finding and applying for jobs)
- An appointment with a Careers Adviser (for feedback on applications)
To book an appointment please phone us on 01274 234991.
Part-time jobs on Social Media
Thursday is Part-time Jobs Day on our social media, when we post a selection of jobs in the local area suitable for students working around their studies. Follow us to keep updated:
Read our booklet
You can pick up a copy of our 64-page booklet Your Guide To... Finding a Job in careers reception. It features all the above information plus lots more on finding and applying for jobs, employability skills and the interview process.
You can also download or read it online via the link below.
Your Guide To... Getting a job 2017
Our 64-page booklet Your Guide To... Getting a job is written specifically for students of the University of Bradford and covers job searching, applications and the interview process.
Download Your Guide To... Getting a job 2017