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Paying tax in the UK

You will pay tax the same as a normal UK resident. The amount of tax you pay will depend on how much you are earning. The UK tax year runs from 6th of April to 5th April the following year.

You will not pay tax on the first £11,500 you earn during a tax year, this is called your personal allowance. After that the following applies:

  • £11,501–£45,000 you will pay 20% tax
  • £45,001-£150,000 you will pay 40% tax
  • Over £150,000 you will pay 45% tax

You pay tax monthly. The £11,000 personal allowance is split equally over the 12 months, so anything you earn over £917 each month will be taxed. If you earn less than £11,000 by the end of the tax year you will be able to claim back any tax that you have paid above the personal allowance threshold.

National Insurance number

To work in the UK you need to obtain a National Insurance number. This is a number, unique to you, which ensures your employer is able to pay your tax and National Insurance contributions and have them correctly recorded against your name.

For information about how to apply for a National Insurance number please see the Gov.UK website.

You can apply for jobs and start work without a National Insurance number but will need to apply for one as soon as possible when you find a job.