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17-01-2002, 16:31   #1
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Moving to England

Right since I have recently just moved to England (London to be exact) to start a new job I feel like posting up my findings and hopefully give anyone one who maybe or is moving over some tips.

I dont really know if this belongs in the work board so WWM feel free to move it to where you see fit.
  1. Accomadation
    To find accomadation the ads paper to look at over here is http://www.loot.com they have loads of listings mainly in London but it covers most places. You can buy a E-copy which is the handyest as you can do searchs rather than flicking through the whole thing. If you are looking in London find out from someone over here wheres good and wheres not cause there are certain places you dont want to be. Also transport on the south side of London is a bit lacking compared to the north.
  2. Getting Around
    Ahhh the English complain all the time about the transport system over here but coming from Galway its a dream Busses run pritty much on time and the Tube and trains like wise. If you dont like the idea of being crammed into a tube you would be surprised but walking can be faster if you are only a couple of stops away and there should be a bus if your a lazy sod The most important thing in your bag and with you at all times is the A to Z its an amazing book and you will never get lost while you have it .
  3. Bank Accounts
    Ohhhh my god is this a touchy subject with me ATM. If you ever though opening an account in Ireland was bad wait till you get over here I have got Loans easier FFS. Make sure you have past bank statements showing transactions not older than 3 months old. Preferably change your Irish bank account to your English address before you come over (as it must be done in your branch or in writing) this will act as one proof of address and previous bank account. Have your passport and drivers licence as well. Please if you only pay attention to one thing let this be it I am having a nightmare over here with this. BOI might be able to open an account for you if you have an existing BOI account in Ireland to get you started.
  4. Points to note
    Bring passport photos for your photo card for seasion tickets on the tube/bus/trains.
    Most companies do what are called Seasion tickets loans where they give you the money for a yearly travel card (depending on your zome this can cost from about £800 +) they then take it out of your wages month by month. With this card you can get a load of discount when buying tickets for trains and the like. It also saves you from queing up once a week/month to get a new pass.
    Time Out is the magazine for all things got to do with social life be it pubs clubs food drink or arts.

Well thats all I can think of right now but hopefully I will come up with more. Oh ya heres one for you http://www.jobserve.com is great for IT jobs in England.

kayos

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17-01-2002, 16:44   #2
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not at all. im in the same boat and i think its a good idea.

a few other things to note:

bank accounts.
i got an account with tsb easy peasy. you will need passport and drivers licence and previous bank statements.

drivers licence.
once you have a full irish licence you are able to apply for a uk\european one. its valid until your 70! you know it makes sense. just send you licence and fill out relative forms from post office and a cheque to for just 30 quid and a week later you get a little plastic licence back. fits nicely in your wallet the way an irish one doesnt!

NI number.
ohhh, its like going on a very long councelling session.
if you manage to get in touch with your local dss and get an apointment, make sure you bring everything that the ask (a letter from your previously opened bank account is vital)
they grill you for about 3 hours on your past, but then a couple of weeks later you get a lovely NI number and card which allows you to then go and work and pay your tax and be a normal member of society!

cars.
if you live in london dont get one.
if you live outside like i do. get one. did i mention i was getting ne today? oh i did? sorry!

website.
www.jobsite.co.uk
www.jobtrack.co.uk

are both good.
anyone with anything else to add can post up.
will add as i remember things.

b ythe wya, getting a bank loan over here is dead easy.
i got one after being here 6 months and in my new job 6 weeks!
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18-01-2002, 19:39   #3
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In my experience...

Quick tip on bank accounts - a letter of recommendation from your account holding bank branch in Ireland is extremely useful, make sure they put a contact number on the reference.

Give that to the lovely bank person along with proof of ID as both of the above posts have covered, and sit and wait.

My personal experience: Barclays take the longest. Lloyds TSB are slightly quicker, NatWest better again. You see they'll almost all open an account for you immediately if you bring ID, but it's the time they take to send you out an ATM card & pin no. that make the difference.

AIB/BOI both have UK branches, but banking with them can cause some difficulty with issues like clearing etc. - Same as over here, if you bank with the same company your employer banks with, it's always easier to sort out salary cock-ups.
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21-01-2002, 18:02   #4
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It's no more difficult for an Irish person to open an account here than it is for a UK resident to open one in Ireland, in my experience.

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they grill you for about 3 hours on your past, but then a couple of weeks later you get a lovely NI number and card which allows you to then go and work and pay your tax and be a normal member of society!
Erk, I've been here nearly a year and a half and haven't actually bothered doing this yet. Oops
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BOI might be able to open an account for you if you have an existing BOI account in Ireland to get you started.
This is what I did (BoI in Croydon), and the delightful chaps charged me roughly £30-£50 in bank charges every month. It was something like £2.20 per ATM cash withdrawal.

I hope this is no longer the case.
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Shinji = pe0n

Suppose that the level of intelligence you get with someone who could not get into college
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After some research, Barclays will open an account for anyone. You need Passport/Driving Lic and a letter from your employer giving their address and your home address and that should be it..

BOI will transfer your account - but I heard a story like regi's that they have big ass bank charges. So that and the fact that the local Barclays is 2 seconds from both home and work wolla!
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My advise to you is DONT MOVE TO LONDON. There is no fu(kin jobs..........Why did I ever come back from Australia? Why?
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I know this sticky is ages old but any way

Right on the bank issue BOI in the UK are extremly helpful the only shame is the total lack of branchs .

They open my account for me no problems and I had my Pass card in about 4 days and my pin the next day. As for their charges they dont have them any more as long as you stay less than £50 over drawn. They also gave me a overdraft with no qualms at all, which was helpful at the time.

So all in all as a first account to open I would recommend BOI and then once you have been with them 6 months you can bugger off to who ever you want with no problems.

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NI number.
ohhh, its like going on a very long councelling session.
if you manage to get in touch with your local dss and get an apointment, make sure you bring everything that the ask (a letter from your previously opened bank account is vital)
they grill you for about 3 hours on your past, but then a couple of weeks later you get a lovely NI number and card which allows you to then go and work and pay your tax and be a normal member of society!
whats this NI number lad all about? im movin over in 6 weeks for college for a year.... wil i need one to get a job???
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how long are you moving over for?
have you got a job?
where are you going?
etc etc etc
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Pfff bank account easy to get !!!!


I went in to TSB and gave then copies of everything including my bloody medical statements (Not really) and they turned around and said, "We can't open an account for you as you are not resident of the UK!" What the **** I'm going to be living there for three years, at least, anyway I walked around the corner and opened an account with the Bank of Scotland.

About the NI number, I never bothered getting one, when I started work I was automatically issued with a "Temporary" National Insurance number. Helix, basically a national insurance number is the same as the PRSI number you have in Ireland. Just start working and if you get a call from the income tax people deny all knowledge

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the amount of running around i had to do to get an ni number was unbelieveable. they finally sent me a letter confirming an appointment, but i was back in ireland by then! for some reason, which is still unknown to me, the inland revenue paid me all my tax back in my second last (before i came home) wage packet even tho i had never enquired about getting tax back

as for bank accounts, abbey national had no problem once i had my passport and a bank statement with my english address on it. i just changed my address with aib over here and got them to send me a statement

on a side note, which banks let you have an irish address? abbey national won't let you change to a foreign address, so i ended up closing the account
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How is the job market there now lads, trying to get over but all I am getting is this sh*te about you have to over here or they are not willing to interview bla bla
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they now have the lowest unemployment rate in 27 years or something like that, so it can't be too bad
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