The UK Rules
Finding a Job

Job Search: Finding a Job in the UK

Job searching begins at Jobcentre Plus. They have branches in almost every major city throughout the United Kingdom.

JOBCENTRE PLUS: The government-funded employment agency helps those 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 volunteering roles and organisation-backed apprenticeships.

Do you need to get a job fast? Jobseekers can use the government Universal Jobmatch service for rapid job searching online.

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.

Guide to Finding a Job

Access to Work GuideAccess to Work

ACCESS TO WORK SCHEME: 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.

IF YOU ARE DISABLED: There is help available for most disabled people looking for work. Look for the disability symbol, use employment advisers, and learn about reasonable adjustments.

Criminal Record Checks GuideCriminal Record Checks

CHECK SOMEONE'S CRIMINAL RECORD: Find out if you can get a Disclosure and Barring Service check for a specific job role that you are recruiting for.

DBS CHECK: 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: 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.

How to Contact Jobcentre PlusJobcentre Plus

CONTACT INFORMATION: Jobcentre Plus is a UK-wide employment agency funded by the government. Find out how to contact Jobcentre Plus to make an appointment or a claim.

New Enterprise Allowance GuideNew Enterprise Allowance

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

Universal Jobmatch GuideUniversal Jobmatch

JOBSEARCH GUIDE: Jobseekers can look for a job using the Universal Jobmatch service on the government website. It can match your CV and skills to full or part-time jobs posted by companies in Britain and abroad.

APPRENTICESHIPS: Those who are at least 16 can search for apprenticeship in England. You can register your profile and search for vacancies before you apply.

TRAINEESHIPS: 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.

Job Search: How to Get Work in the United Kingdom