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Finding a Job in the United Kingdom

Are you looking for work? Job seekers can use the government 'Find a job' service for rapid job searching online (it has replaced Universal Jobmatch). For many, job searching starts at the local Jobcentre Plus office. They have branches in almost every major city throughout the United Kingdom.

JOBCENTRE PLUS: The government-funded employment agency helps individuals of working age find a job.

There are various ways they can help you search for a job and provide assistance for the unemployed.

Your job search will take place using hi-tech ‘jobpoints’. These are state-of-the-art innovative touch-screen computer terminals.

This guide explains how the different job placement schemes work in the United Kingdom. They include unique opportunities, such as volunteering roles and organisation-backed apprenticeships.

Once you register you can upload your CV and setup email alerts. That allows you to match your CV and skills to any specific jobs posted by companies.

UK Find a Job Guide

Access to Work

The Access to Work grant provides helpful payments for practical support. The grants are for individuals with a health condition, mental health condition, or a disability.

People with Disabilities

There is a lot of help available for most disabled people looking for work. Look for the disability symbol, use employment advisers, and learn about reasonable adjustments.


Are you looking to start a new career with an exciting and challenging role? This job help guide lists the different sectors and companies that are recruiting right now.

Criminal Record Checks

Checking Someone’s Criminal Record

The information in this help guide explains how to find out if you can get a Disclosure and Barring Service check for a specific job role.

DBS Checks

The section explains the process of a criminal records check for a role or job type. Find out who can check your criminal record and how to complete the application.

Documentation Requirements

Read through a list of documents you need for a criminal record check when applying for a role. You will need to provide original documentation – you cannot use copies.

Your Criminal Records

There are several ways you can request a copy of your criminal record. Check how to apply for a copy of your own criminal record and what documents you need to provide.

Find a Job Service

Job seekers can search for work using the Find a job service on the GOV.UK website. It can match your CV and skills to full or part-time jobs posted by companies in Britain and abroad.


If you are at least sixteen (16) you can search for apprenticeship in England. You can register your profile and search for vacancies before you apply.


A traineeship helps you prepare for an apprenticeship or get a placement to start work. Go online and find a traineeship course with work experience.

Jobcentre Plus

Jobcentre Plus is a UK-wide employment agency funded by the government. This section contains details about how to contact Jobcentre Plus to make an appointment or a claim.

New Enterprise Allowance

The UK Government first introduced the New Enterprise Allowance scheme rules in April 2011. The NEA scheme assists unemployed people who are looking to start up in business.

How the Find a Job Service Works in the United Kingdom