Top 10 UK Job Boards in 2014

Are you living in the U.K. and looking for a job? Perhaps you live abroad and your New Year resolutions for 2014 included living and working in the U.K.? If so, this Infographic from may come in handy.




  1. Judy says

    Readers should be aware that it isn’t all that easy these days for Americans to become legally employed in the UK without either being sponsored by an employer and/or having permanent residency. Employers there are bound to hire first UK citizens and then having exhausted that list, EU citizens. Americans may have a difficult time finding full employment for this reason.

    • Melissa says

      Yes, those of us clued into what’s going on in the U.K. (and the E.U) and interested in finding jobs in the UK are aware of how difficult is it. Saying that, I know some Americans who have done it – finding sponsorship through an employer.

      • Judy says

        Yes, I did that. First, I was on an academic visa for two years and then I was offered a job where my employer sponsored me. I was lucky. But I also know two friends who went over expecting to teach in the school systems which they did do for awhile mostly as substitutes who ultimately gave up and came back to the US. There were too many UK teachers who needed jobs and even teachers from the EU countries. I’m always a bit bemused when I hear someone say that he/she is moving to the UK to live and will get a job ‘over there.’ It isn’t like moving to another state in the US and dealing with immigration issues and the UK Home Office is an experience unto itself.

  2. Christine Bell says

    Has the UK introduced any anti-age discrimination policies when hiring? When I returned there in the 80′s after years in USA, and searched for my first job in UK, I was shocked that they wanted my age! I left it off my CV, much to their consternation. I was only 41! When I asked my manager years later if she would have hired me knowing my age she admitted “probably not.”

    • Melissa says

      I don’t know but that practice is really a shame! It occurs in the U.S. too so this is not a criticism of the UK. The US may have a law against it but I know for a fact that employers still practice age discrimination. My generation is going to have to work until our 70′s so the idea that employers are considering us old by the age of 40 is outrageous! Something needs to be done about it.

    • Londoner says

      It is illegal to discriminate on age and has been for a long time but this is current legislation – . If I remember correctly you can not be asked your age pre or at interview stage but obviously you would need to disclose it on being given a job as they need to know your details. In the same way they also can’t ask you what your degree classification, your sexual orientation, ethnicity and tons of other things. I never include my age or DOB on my CV and haven’t done for a long time as it is irrelevant to what I do (as it should be for everyone else) though I work in an industry that is generally young you won’t get get people who know what they are doing in my job title if you are really young.

      I have never heard of most of the websites mentioned in the article. Reed yes because they are a very established ‘high street’ brand with offices still on the high street. Monster because they advertise on TV, Jobsite because they came up via a Google search and NHS/TESjobs just coz it is NHS/teaching jobs. The rest, who are they? If you are intending on coming here as a professional ie needing a company to sponsor you you should be looking at sites geared to your industry. I work in TV and none of these sites are remotely relevant and never will be but industry related free sites are dead easy to find and there are some brilliant FB groups also of course free. NB Never join a site if you have to pay for it unless you are really sure it works for your industry.

      • Londoner says

        I’ve also just realised it says 2014 which means a lot less than if it was 2013. Of course just my opinion but please don’t think they are great because they’ve come up in some list or other. The best resources are always those that specialise in your industry or go to specific companies. Many companies have their own register your CV/availability pages for a start. RIBA, PACT and a multitude of other industries professional organisations list all their members and link to those company websites and often who the key contacts are and their actual contacts. Plus of course many companies list all their vacancies on their own websites from the BBC to Sainsburys.

        • Melissa says

          It’s definitely a predictor for 2014 obviously. When I job hunt I target a handful of companies I want to work for and use sites like that specialize in I.T. jobs. My husband was recruited for his current job because he had his resume on Dice.

          • Londoner says

            Of course and great graphics as always. As long as you are legally allowed to work here ie have an NI no and a relevant visa (if needed) there shouldn’t be an discrimination re nationality (legislation again.) Obviously bias, which can no doubt never be proved, can happen but all are meant to be treated equally. Being in London especially it would be weird to not be working with a least one person who wasn’t born in the UK.

    • Judy says

      Age discrimination is illegal in the UK and has been for a long time. I’ve not only interviewed for jobs in the UK but also been the interviewer/manager who asked the questions of potential employees. Every business person knows the possibility of being faced with an unfair employment tribunal if boundaries crossed. It was my experience that more attention was paid to *not* crossing those boundaries in the UK than here in the US. The acas website which ‘Londoner’ references is a good one for employment law.

  3. says

    I have heard of most of these sites. and the us job market basically parallels that of the uk. maybe not officially, as our government is more afraid of the p.r. but in reality we have almost the same situation. I want to live in the UK, and having a job is just a way to not be a burden on the taxpayer, in my mind. I would not want to make it harder for a u.k. citizen to have a living. What I would be interested in is a way for an American to live in England without taking jobs or taxes from UK citizens and still be able to have one’s needs met. This is what makes my brain spin sometimes and I’ve not solved it .

    • Melissa says

      You would have to be wealthy enough to go to the U.K. and invest in a business that creates jobs for U.K. residents. Otherwise, you could buy a property to live in but you would only be allowed to stay for up to 90 days on a visitor’s Visa. I don’t believe that buying property automatically allows you to stay longer (but I could be wrong.) At one time you could attend University and then possibly get a job straight after school but I think in the last couple of years that has been clamped down on as well. So basically, if you’re an American the only way to move to the U.K. is to lucky enough to find work sponsorship through an employer (which is near to impossible these days), be a University student, be a entrepreneur with loads of cash to invest or marry a Briton.

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