Working in the UK

If you’re not working to raise money for gap travel and you’ve just finished school or university, you might want a break from study and take a deep breath or two for a while. 

But even though work doesn’t seem too appealing, just try going through the complex claiming procedure for the Jobseekers’ Allowance and then living on it for a few weeks, and you’ll soon see that working has its advantages.

There are plenty of reasons to use a gap for work, including saving money for university, or gaining some valuable work experience.

3M United Kingdom Plc


+44 (0)8705 360036

3M offer internships and Graduate programmes in industry and development. Gain valuable experience in an environment where you'll develop marketable skills and work on exciting projects. Whether you're heading into manufacturing, distribution, or marketing, our programs will put you in position for continued success and advancement in your career.

Absolute Radio


020 7434 1215

Absolute Radio are looking for individuals with a love of music and a passion for radio broadcasting to experience working behind the scenes at some of the UK's biggest radio stations. Spend two weeks learning how radio stations work, from on-air presentation and production, through to the website, marketing and operation.



+44 (0)808 1011169

Apply for graduate placements with Accenture, a global management consulting, technology services and outsourcing company.

Arcadia Group plc


0844 243 0000

They have placement postions in their finance and HR departments, suitable for those undertaking a year's placement as part of their degree. See their website for more details.

Ardmore Language Schools


01628 826699

Ardmore Language Schools run summer English courses for students from all over the world in 15 residential and two non-residential centres across the UK. Job opportunities are also available for TEFL graduates.

BBC Recruitment


Work experience placements available across the UK in all areas. These are unpaid placements that can last up to four weeks. Competition is fierce so you need to apply at least a year in advance.

Brighton Festival


+44 (0) 1273 700747

A handful of volunteer posts are open during the festival in May, working in the education and press office departments.

Brightsparks Recruitment


+44 (0)20 3627 9710

Brightsparks offers job opportunities to students, graduates and young professionals, providing guidance and support to help them get into their dream careers.

Camp Beaumont & Kingswood Camps


Camp Beaumont offers a variety of job opportunities at its nationwide camps including team leaders, activity coordinators, child care, TEFL teaching and lifeguards. Full-time positions are available as well as work experience opportunities.

Cancer Research UK


+44 (0)300 123 1022

Internships of 12 week duration for people who wish to gain valuable work experience in fundraising, as well as marketing, campaigning and communications. Registered Charity No. 1089464.

Cheltenham Festivals


01242 511211

This company runs festivals throughout the year, including jazz, science, music, folk, fringe and literary events.

Civil Service Recruitment


There are a number of specific schemes open to new and experienced graduates looking for a career change. If you’re successful, you could be posted to a number of government departments.

Crewseekers Ltd


+44 (0)238 115 9207

We offer a personal service assisting people of all ages and experience levels looking for the opportunity to build up some sea miles, find professional sailing work and paid delivery jobs, gap year adventures, sailing weekends and holidays, or simply to go sailing with like minded sailors.

Edinburgh Festival Fringe


+44 (0) 131 226 0026

Big and long-established late summer festival that has managed to stay cutting-edge.

Engineering Development Trust (EDT)


01707 871520

The EDT is the largest provider of STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) enrichment activities for UK youth.

Facilities Management Catering


+44 (0) 20 8971 2465

If you would like to work at the most prestigious sporting event of the year then log onto our website now and click on the work opportunities page to apply online.

FCO (Foreign & Commonwealth Office)


+44 (0) 20 7008 1500

See the FCO website for more about careers and opportunities in the Diplomatic Service.



0345 3000 406

Search for temporary work, paid or unpaid, charity and fundraising jobs and seasonal holiday jobs abroad.

GlaxoSmithKline UK


+44 (0) 20 8047 5000

Graduates can join us in a variety of exciting roles across several business functions. If you're enthusiastic, committed to making a difference and have a strong interest in healthcare, then we'd love to hear from you.

Harrogate International Festivals


+44 (0) 1423 562 303

Harrogate International Festival hosts a number of arts festivals, and offers internships and short-term work experience placements during festivals.

Hay Festival


+44 (0) 1497 822 620

One of the most famous literary festivals in the UK. Most departments take on extra workers for festival fortnight, including stewards, extra staff for the box-office and the bookshop and three interns.

HSBC Holdings plc


+44 (0) 20 7991 8888

HSBC has a worldwide graduate and internship programme. See their website for further details.



023 9256 1000

IBM run a number of Student Schemes for 'very talented individuals' in all aspects of their business.

Ilkley Literature Festival


+44 (0) 1943 601 210

If you want to become a volunteer at the Ilkley Literature Festival fill in their online form. Jobs include stewarding and helping with mailouts.

IMI plc


+44 (0)121 717 3700

IMI operates a global graduate development programme and offers vacation work from June to September to penultimate year engineering (mechanical, electrical or manufacturing) students leading to possible sponsorship through the final year at university.

Kraft Foods


Each year Kraft Foods offer plenty of graduate and internship opportunities across Europe.

Lichfield Festival


+44 (0) 1543 306 270

Volunteers required backstage, to assist with stage management and to help with the education programmes. Contact Richard Bateman, volunteer coordinator, for more details.

L'Oréal (UK) Ltd


L'Oréal offers internships to students in universities, business and engineering schools from diverse backgrounds and provide the opportunity to acquire substantial initial work experience in one of our areas of expertise: Operations, Finance, Marketing, Sales, Communications, Digital, and Human Resources. For three to twelve months you become a member of our teams, working on projects and achieving concrete objectives on which you are assessed.

Malvern Outdoor Elements


01684 574546

Malvern offers job opportunities to people looking to work outdoors and help instruct visitors on a variety of exciting outdoor activities.

Mananan International Festival of Music and the Arts


+44 (0) 1624 835 858

Volunteers needed for stewarding duties, programme selling, transportation of artists, administration, catering, bar duties, technical support and manning galleries and shops.

Marks & Spencer Plc


+44 (0) 20 7935 4422

The M&S Graduate scheme offers many different opportunities in Retail Management, Head Office and HR.

Norfolk and Norwich Festival Ltd


+44 (0) 1603 877 750

Volunteers needed from January to May to help out with administration, marketing and even event production.

Penguin Group UK


Penguin offers business internships which last for eight weeks, journalism internships at the Financial Times which last for twelve weeks, the Pearson Diversity Summer Internship Programme as well as two-week work experience placements throughout the year.



0333 3212 123

As the UK's market-leading provider of residential activity holidays and educational courses for children, PGL have an immense variety of Gap Year Jobs to offer for your Gap Year: and we pay you!

Portsmouth Festivities


+44 (0)23 9268 1390

Volunteers required to help out with the many varied festivities in Portsmouth.



+44 (0) 845 605 5555

Work experience places are available in RAF bases all over the UK. As each base runs its own work experience programme you need to check the RAF website to find one near you.

Robinwood Activity Centre Ltd


+44 (0)1706 811067

Robinwood is a leading provider of residential activity courses for Primary school groups, with three centres in the North of England. Job opportunities at their centres are also available.

Rock UK


+44 (0)844 8000 222

As an experienced Christian provider of Outdoor Adventure residentials and day visits for young people, Rock UK offer an exciting Gap Year Instructor Training Course. Contact us to find out more!

S & N Genealogy


+44 (0) 1722 717007

Gap-year students required to do office work such as document scanning.

Salisbury International Arts Festival


+44 (0) 1722 332 241

Volunteering opportunities include stage manager, helping out with crowd management and leaflet distribution. Registered charity No. 276940.

Santander UK


If you are a graduate interested in working with Santander UK, submit an application for consideration when a position arises.

Season to Season Employment


0117 214 0769

Season to Season Employment is a recruitment agency offering a bespoke service in both seasonal and permanent contracts within the hospitality business.



+44 (0) 20 7759 8090

The UNHCR have six month internships which give the participant the opportunity to gain valuable experience working with refugees.

Wesser Fundraising UK


01462 704 865

Wesser offers "live in" fundraising positions nationwide working in behalf of UK charities. All fundraisers are provided with a great pay package plus free accommodation including bills. No experience necessary.

Winchester Hat Fair


+44 (0)1962 844600

This vibrant and entertaining festival takes over the centre of Winchester each year during the first weekend in July. Volunteers are needed to help out before and during the festival.

Youth Music Theatre


+44 (0)20 8563 7725

Internships are available in their London office for recent arts graduates or for professionals looking to change career direction. Also need UK-wide volunteers for one to two days per week.