Working Holiday in the UK – Hospitality Jobs

Experience working abroad in the United Kingdom
Up to 2 years


Arriving in the United Kingdom, without a job or accommodation planned is risky business. We give full credit to those who do that and secure a job which covers all outgoings! It’s no secret the UK is expensive. Accommodation alone will easily cost you your weekly earnings. A live-in pub job is a brilliant alternative for travellers looking to experience the UK. The UK working holiday with Letz Live and UK Pub Co. takes care of all placements. Interviews are completed over the phone with the UK Pub. Your job is confirmed prior to departure.

Our sister company, The UK Pub Co, offers you the iconic UK working holiday placement. Experience the Scottish Isles or replenish the glasses of the Manchester University crowd or base yourself around Warwick, Bristol, Cardiff, Cambridge, Oxford or even London. We’ll help to pair you with the perfect place of employment to call home.

UK Pub Co. knows the UK

Having 750+ employment partners across the United Kingdom we offer (and a friend if you like) a unique working holiday opportunity. In the lead up to your Working Holiday, the team will work closely with you to identify your skills, interests and ideal destination. You will work at a venue that ticks all the right boxes. A working holiday to the UK includes bar work, waiting tables, or preparing hearty British food as a cook or qualified chef. There’s a constant demand for motivated and hard-working individuals seeking paid live-in arrangements across the United Kingdom.

The UK Working Holiday includes

Full-time employment

Full-time employment, confirmed prior to your preferred “commencement” date with accommodation included for the duration of your employment.

Meet and Greet on arrival

A personalised arrival guide including directions and tips to get you to your employer.

Dedicated Placement Manager

A dedicated Placement Manager (who has personally experienced a “working holiday” in the UK) who will be your key point of contact in the lead up to, and throughout the full duration of your UK working holiday placement.

Ongoing and Unlimited Support

Ongoing and unlimited support from our Australian Headquarters.

Mobile Phone SIM Card

Local UK mobile telephone SIM card sent to you prior to your departure.

Visa Assistance

Assistance and support with relevant UK visa and entry clearances (if required).

UK Bank Account Support

Assistance and support obtaining a UK bank account, National Insurance Number and registering with the National Heath Scheme.

Discounted Travel

Access to discounted travel insurance, flights and tour itineraries with our travel partners.

National Insurance Number Application Assistance

It is important to gain a National Insurance number which is requirement when working in the UK. We have been there, done that and will help you with your application.

Let us simplify the application process for you.

The Perks of a Working Holiday


Full-time paid employment (£250.00 – £350.00 p/wk). Most bills & utilities included. No rental bonds, deposits or commuting costs

pub accommodation

Guaranteed accommodation for the duration of employment. Low accommodation pricing (approx £5.00 – £7.00 p/day). Single & twin share accommodation available.

Uk travel

Two days off per week. Minimum 4-month commitment & stay as long as you like!

Application and Programme Fees

All our Working Holiday programs are subject to a non-refundable application fee which is payable at the time you complete your online application. Only applicants who are offered and subsequently accept a placement will be charged the remainder of the programme fee.

ApplicantApplication FeeProgramme FeeTotal Payable
New ApplicantsAUD $0.00AUD $795.00AUD $890.00
Returnee ParticipantsAUD $0.00GBP $250.00GBP $250.00


Applicants for our United Kingdom Working Holiday Program must:

  • Be aged between 18 and 31 years old at the time of their application
  • Be eligible to apply for and receive a UK Work Visa or alternatively have a valid UK passport
  • Have some previous experience in customer service and/or the hospitality industry (Ideal, however not essential)
  • Be fluent in conversational and written English
  • Display an enthusiastic and outgoing personality
  • Have no prior convictions or traffic infringements

Frequently Asked Questions

Below you will find the answers to some commonly asked questions regarding our UK Working Holiday programme. Can’t find the answer to your question? Get in touch with one of our friendly team today and request an information pack!

Where is the accommodation?

In most cases, you will be living in staff quarters at the same location as your place of employment. Just think, no “daily commute” and imagine the $$ you will save not needing public transport daily!

Will I have single or twin-shared room?

Most locations offer twin-share rooms (same sex) and double rooms for couples. In saying that, some locations do offer single room accommodation. We’re proud to say, that we do not work with any employers who provide dormitory style accommodation on this program.

What can accommodation can I expect?

Most placements offer shared cooking, bathroom and communal facilities to be shared by staff member – basic, but comfortable. Whilst we do have a number of clear standards that we expect from our employment partners, please do take into account that you are sharing the accommodation with other staff members, and that there is a joint responsibility to keep your new home neat and orderly. If you have ever lived in student or shared accommodation before, you will know what to expect!

How long do I need to stay in the job?

The opportunities we provide are full-time permanent positions, so you can stay as long as you like. There’s no fixed term contracts as such, so you’re not locked in for any set period of time, in saying this, most managers do request a minimum commitment period of at least 4-6 months.

What if I am unhappy with the job?

While we work hard to ensure that all employers we work with provide a good standard of living and great terms of employment sometimes things just don’t work out. If – in the unlikely event – this happens to you, simply reach out to your Placement Manager and they will be able to assist you moving forward.

What are your thoughts with travel insurance?

We’re big advocates for all participants purchasing travel insurance, so much so, it’s a mandatory requirement for the first four months of your placement. Don’t worry, we have some connections in this space and can offer you some decent savings upon request.

Do I need a UK Tax File Number?

Yes, you will need to apply for a NIN (National Insurance Number) which is basically a tax file number. We will provide you with some detailed instructions in obtaining this and of course your employer in the UK can point you in the right direction. This cannot be sorted prior to your arrival in the UK.

Should I arrange a UK bank account before I arrive?

Yes, we can certainly line you up with a UK bank account ahead of your arrival. About 6 weeks from your intended departure date we will send you all the relevant information required to obtain a UK bank account – it’s pretty straight forward!

What can I expect to get my job?

All placements are offered directly by your UK employer with most positions being offered 2-6 weeks prior to your arrival. In saying this, we’ve been working with some locations for so long that they employ their staff months in advance.

What is the success rate in securing a position?

In all honesty, 95% + of applicants who are accepted on the program are offered a position before they depart their home country. You should be confident – if accepted in the interview – a position will be forthcoming. And if we don’t get you a placement before then, we will refund your placement fees and search for an opportunity for you at no cost. Needless to say, we’re pretty confident!

How to apply for a working holiday

Apply online

Send us your application with employment history + referees & travel dates. It’s as simple as that!

Chat with us

Casual over the phone chat to discuss your plans, the type of role, the destination and position details.

Employer Intro

We’ll organise a time for you to speak with the potential employer so you can ask question & discuss the role.

Accept the offer

Once you accept the job & pay our fee it’s time for us to help you with visas + bank account details.


Our staff are well-travelled & can assist with specific travel Qs & general tips before you depart. 

Discover England, Ireland, Scotland & Wales

On your days off, you’re free to take in the history and charm of your new neighborhood and beyond. From the beautiful, pebbled beaches of Brighton and the rolling hills of Yorkshire, to the thriving metropolis of London and the Royal Buckingham Palace, you’ll have access to endless iconic activities. Travel a little further over to Ireland and up to Scotland or cross the channel to Europe! Plan your list today and get set to have some truly diverse adventures!

So what are you waiting for? Kick-off your journey to the United Kingdom by completing our application form today!

Let us simplify the application process for you.

Explore the UK

Nick Hare, the founder of Letz Live, returned to Australia late in 2004 after a gap year in the UK. He made lifelong friends and learned immeasurable life lessons during his time away from home. He wants other young people to have a similar experience, with Letz Live making gap year preparation easier for you.

On a working holiday program, you get to spend an entire year living and working like a local. This gives you a better understanding of the local culture than any tourist vacation can. Also, spending time on the other side of the world can help you have a better grasp of how things are at home and what you really want to do with your life. Let our team take you on a journey of a lifetime. Fill out an application form today.

"I had an amazing experience"
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