Ps and Qs
Quaint, quirky and quintessential – the UK plays its part down to a tee (or should that be tea). With cider-filled countryside, kiss-me-quick seaside towns and elegant cities straight out of a Richard Curtis Brit flick – history and architecture are everywhere. And where it’s not, there’s usually a creaky 500+ year old pub to dive into. But it's the UK’s non-conformist streak that makes it such a unique place to live and work. That alternative attitude that produces the best musicians, the most eccentric artists, the angriest chefs and the most satirical comedy. It’s a place to make it – into whatever version you fancy being.
When to go
The UK has a bad rep weather wise. Some of it is deserved – the winters can be dark and wet, and the summers hit and miss. But wrapping up in front of cosy pub fire or dancing in the rain at Glasto is all part of the charm. And when you get that perfect crisp wintry walk or hot summers day knocking back Pimm’s in the park, there’s nowhere prettier.
What it pays
How much you earn depends on where you live and what your qualifications are. If you’re looking to do casual work, expect to earn the minimum wage (£10.18 for 20-22 year olds) or above, plus tips. The average salary in the UK is £33K, although this differs massively depending on your industry, experience and where you live – with London being higher.
Where to go
Most working holidaymakers tend to start in London, where there’s heaps of casual work in pubs and restaurants and a competitive but lucrative job market in every industry under the sun. Talking of sun, the UK’s scenery is stunning – so a summer on the coast working in hospitality jobs will guarantee okay money, but amazing beaches and quality banter.
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