5 tips to get into safe employment and manage your finances

4 December 2020

Covid-19 has had a massive impact on our economy. As job opportunities have declined it may be tempting to take roles that are cash in hand, but some of these carry risks we need to be wary of.

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Here are some tips to work and live safely in the capital:

Don’t be a money mule!

You might see tempting ads which will ask you to be part of a process whereby money is transferred to you and you then transfer it on but keep a small percentage. Sounds too good to be true? It is! This is assisting with money laundering and is a criminal offence.

Be careful about vague descriptions when it comes to cash in hand jobs.

There may be ads for quick jobs which give cash in hand. Sometimes these are intentionally vague and could ask for any manner of services to be fulfilled when you start including assisting with drug dealing or sex work. Please protect yourself and always use a reputable employment agency.  

Practice safe job shopping.

Why not give MyUCL Jobs Board a try? There are some great options available to students looking for work. Alternatively please register with recruitment agencies who will keep you safe and make sure your employment rights are upheld.

Seek advice at UCL to manage your money.

UCL has a team available to assist students who are struggling to manage their finances. Please get in contact and tap into their expertise. For further information take a look here .

Make safe cutbacks.

If you are looking to cut costs with accommodation please do it safely. Gumtree and other sites often advertise cheap rooms for students, but some people do this expecting something in return. If you visit a property and you feel uncomfortable trust your instincts. Information and advice for renters can be found here.

Having financial difficulties can be incredibly stressful, but you are not alone. Please speak to a UCL advisor before making any major decisions. If you are looking for work, make sure you avoid risky options and put your safety first.

Last revised: 8 September 2021

Sophie Bimson, UCL's Crime Prevention and Personal Safety Adviser