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FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Have questions about the Work in English Pubs program? We have answers! 

Most of the common questions we get regarding the program are answered below. Browse through the list of the questions below. Of course, if your question hasn't been answered, don't hesitate to contact your nearest office.

Before you go

Employment is normally for a minimum of 4-6 months, but longer placements can be arranged with the pubs owner and in many cases are preferred. Once you’ve finished your initial four month placement, it is up to you and your employer to work out your arrangements. Many people stay for longer and some even head off to travel and then come back for another stint. Or talk to our program partners UK office to discuss other options. The choice is yours!
No, but like any job, the more relevant experience you have, the higher your chances of being employed are. Customer service or hospitality experience is a must. On the job training is provided for you during the first few weeks of your placement. 
Typically you will not find out until 5-7 days prior to starting. This is because jobs become available in cycles and current employees normally only give a few weeks' notice when they have finished their time working for the pub.
Yes! There are many programs you can participate in prior to arrival in the UK, including Camp Counselors USA, Camp Counselors Canada, or Camp Counselors Russia. Just be sure to apply at least 8 weeks before you leave Australia as you will need to apply for your visa before you leave. We will also need your arrival date in the UK. Our program partner will sort out the rest from there. Also, if you are on one of our other programs, we can use your online application form for this program, so there’s no need to fill in 2 CCUSA applications!
Lots of people do other programs, tours and traveling before arriving in the UK and wanting to start work. This is not a problem – you just need to put the date that you wish to start working on your application form. If you are already overseas when your placement comes through we just need to have an email address we can contact you to confirm the position. Easy!
A minimum of 8 weeks.
With over 600 pubs throughout England, our program partner are confident they can find a match for anyone who is accepted to the program. If you are not offered a job, your program payment will be refunded. Please refer to the Program Agreement for more details.

On the job

The great thing about these positions is that you are able to experience all aspects of a UK pub - including behind the bar, stock rotation, food service, kitchen-hand and customer service. The focus of your position depends very much on the type of pub you are placed in. Hours also vary depending on the pub and location. Most traditional pubs open at 11am and close at 11pm, but the inner-city/night club venues are more likely to remain open until later hours. Hours will be rostered for all staff upon arrival.
There are several different styles of pub available, which you will get more information on during the interview with our program partner. These vary from traditional pubs in London, lively central city, large and small establishments, city or country living.
All pubs are in England - some are centrally located in London but the majority are in other major cities or in country towns. You will receive normal rostered days off which will allow you plenty of time to see the sites.
Your gross weekly income will average £200 to £250 per week before deductions based on a fulltime role. That will net back down to £160 to £200 a week in your hand, with tips on top (in pubs that have a focus on food service, tips can be quite generous). 
Accommodation will always be provided with the job. Every pub will have individual arrangements for accommodation and most will be very basic. You might be living on the premises (in the pub) or in a nearby apartment or share house. All pubs are screened to make sure that you have access to kitchen facilities and your room is clean and comfortable. It is rare that you would be in a single room, but usually you only have to share with one other person. Couples generally have their own room to share. Many of the breweries also include a meal a day as part of the job offer. Confirmation of these details will be provided upon placement. In addition, kitchen and clothes washing facilities may be available.
You’ll be given a date to report to your employer. All details including full directions to the pub, information from the airport, location, manager’s contact names and phone numbers, and what is included with your position will be provided prior to your arrival.
Every effort will be made to place two people in the same pub. Our program partner has a very high rate of success in achieving this. We would recommend that you give additional time with your application to assist in placing you together. If you are travelling in a group of more than two people we suggest that you look at working at different pubs, as this will give you a better chance of getting your time off together. Our program partner will endeavour to have you place within access of each other.