Bournemouth, United Kingdom (PressExposure) September 22, 2010 -- Just like the rest of the world, the United Kingdom has not been spared the effects of the recession. In fact, according to the latest statistics, the employment rate fell by 0.1 percent in the three months running up to April 2010 from 72.2 to 72.1 percent. Then again, the UK is one of the few countries lesser affected by recessionary woes so there is good news to be found in UK jobs.
Before applying for any UK job, however, a non-British applicant must be aware of certain legal requirements for working and living in any part of the country. As for applicants with British citizenship, the only limitation in looking for jobs can be found in the qualifications set forth by the employers.
The legal requirements depend on the citizenship of the individual. An American citizen must apply for a working visa in the British Embassy located in the area while a European Union citizen can work in the UK without need for a visa or a work permit. There are exceptions to the rule, however, so it is always best to ask the British Embassy for specifics before applying for any UK job.
Sectors of Possible Employment
Just like any developed nation, UK jobs range from menial labor to executive positions that can be filled by both British and non-British citizens with a few exceptions. For example, nanny jobs and clerical positions can only be filled by non-British citizens when sufficient proof can be presented against a British citizen holding said jobs.
There are many possible sectors of employment in the United Kingdom from above ground in agriculture to underground in mining. Agricultural jobs in the UK are highly mechanized and, thus, often require knowledge in the operation of farm equipment as well as skills in modern agriculture techniques. It must be emphasized that the sector only constitutes 1.6 percent of the total labor force with jobs ranging from farm worker to company executives as well as the technical positions.
The manufacturing industry accounts for a bigger share of the UK jobs at 13 percent of employment. Although the sector has declined in importance, it is still a good place to find a well-paying UK job.
The most dominant industry in the UK is the service sector. These include jobs in hotels and restaurants, transport, storage and communication and financial intermediation. It must be noted that London, the capital city of the United Kingdom, is a global hub for various financial services and commerce.
Other industries with high possibility for employment in the United Kingdom include real estate, construction and education. Join job sites, inquire from employers and scan the newspapers for available job openings.
As can be expected, salaries vary according to the position, the company and the geographical area of the UK job being offered. As a general rule, salaries in cities like London are higher than in the rural areas. It should also be noted that employment legislation on maximum working hours, minimum wage and safety regulations are strictly enforced in the country.
When looking at UK jobs, it is essential to determine position qualifications, salary and other requirements before the submission of application letter and resume. Keep in mind that the protocols for filling job positions are similar to other Western countries.