All students working for Brunel University London are restricted to working 15 hours a week during term time. Additionally, students studying with a Tier 4 visa are restricted by law to the numbers of hours they can work (paid or unpaid) in the UK during term time. Please consult the University’s policy on ‘Rights to work for students and clarification on term time’.
National Minimum Wage
The National Minimum Wage (NMW) is a minimum amount per hour which most workers in the UK are entitled to be paid. With a few exceptions, it applies to all workers over the compulsory school leaving age. The rate is reviewed every year. Any changes take place in October. All employers have to pay the NMW to workers who are eligible for it – there are no exceptions for different types or size of employer. Where you work in the UK makes no difference to the level of NMW you should receive.
There are different levels of NMW, which depend on your age. Click here to find the current rates.
Deductions from wages
Your employer is only allowed to make a deduction from your wages when it falls into certain special categories, such as for tax or for recovering previous over payments. If you think that part or all of your wages have been wrongly deducted or withheld by your employer then you should seek advice as soon as possible.
Payslips must show earnings before and after any deductions, explain any deductions and show how the wage is paid. You should keep your payslips for as long as possible as proof of your earnings, tax paid and any pension contributions.
If you think you are not being paid some or all of the wages owed to you or if you are not in receipt of a proper payslip, please seek advice as soon as possible. For more useful information about deductions from wages visit the Tax Guide for Students website.
Anyone that works in the UK must apply for a National Insurance (NI) Number, but you do not need to have received your NI Number before you can start work. If you were born in the UK you should have received a National Insurance number around your 16th birthday, if you were living in the UK at that time.
If you have never received a National Insurance Number (for example if you are an international student) you will need to apply for one. You should contact the Jobcentre Plus application line on 0345 600 0643 Monday to Friday, 8am to 6pm.
Working Time Regulations
In 1998 the Working Time Regulations were implemented to ensure that UK legislation complied with EU standards. This means that in most circumstances there are legal limits on the number of hours your employer can force you to work and special rules for the number of unpaid rest breaks you are entitled to.
From 1 April 2009 all workers have a statutory right to at least 5.6 weeks’ paid annual leave (that is at least 28 days' paid holiday if you work five days a week). Your employer could choose to include bank holidays in the 5.6 weeks.
You do not have the right to choose when you take your holiday and your employer can bar you from taking holidays at certain times of year. You should give your employer sufficient notice when you want to take holiday.
If you leave your job with holiday pay owing you are entitled to holiday pay related to how long you have worked. If you have not taken any holiday and your contract entitles you to 5.6 weeks paid holiday but you leave after 6 months you will be entitled to 2.8 weeks holiday pay. If you have taken more holiday in the period than you should have done then you may have to pay it back.
Please visit the Gov.uk website for more information.