Legal rights and issues

If you are unsure about anything covered in these pages, we're here to help - email us or make an appointment to speak with us in person.

The National Minimum Wage (NMW)

If you are fulfilling a ‘worker’ role, - e.g. you have a contract of employment (either written or implied) and you perform specific duties for someone else, then in most cases you are entitled to the National Minimum Wage.

Outside the UK

If you have secured an opportunity outside of the UK then it will be covered by the relevant legislation in that country. It will not be covered by UK NMW regulations.

Check Prospect’s country profiles  and our Global Skills pages for employment facts of the country you are going to.

Further advice

If you have a question about wages or other legal rights make an appointment with us or contact the SRC Advice Centre.


Spotting scams

Not all job adverts are genuine. Some are nothing more than scams – people taking advantage of enthusiastic jobseekers in order to steal their data or money.

The rise of internet vacancy databases has made it easier than ever for scams to spread. Many job sites are heavily automated and dubious adverts can slip easily under the radar.

We put a lot of work into ensuring that jobs uploaded to our online vacancy system are genuine, lawful and non-discriminatory. But not even our system is perfect – to keep yourself safe on the job hunt, you need to know the warning signs of a scam job advert:

1. If it sounds too good to be true: it probably is. Watch out for overly-generous salaries or commission, signing-up bonuses and other enticements. It’s all part of the plan to make you want to believe the opportunity is genuine.

2. If it’s going to cost you upfront: you’re dealing with a scammer. No genuine employer or recruitment agency will ever ask for an ‘agency fee’ or similar payment or require calling a premium rate telephone number. Never pay to apply.

3. If they ask for your bank details or a copy of your passport: they want to steal them. Never give out sensitive personal information at the application stage – if it’s a genuine job they may require this information after you’ve accepted the position, but not before.

4. If the advert looks amateur: you’re not dealing with a professional. Genuine companies want to create a good impression with their adverts – they hire designers and proof-read the advert copy. If an advert looks crude and contains poor spelling, punctuation or grammar, think twice.

5. If your instincts say no: trust them! Don’t disregard your fears as irrational or unfounded – it’s far better to be overly cautious and pass up a potential opportunity than it is to be the victim of fraud.

And if you’re in any doubt: treat it as a scam until you know otherwise – don’t submit an application, don’t return contact, don’t sign anything, and don’t give them your money or personal details.

Do some research.

Try searching “(company name) + scam” and see what others say. If you find nothing relevant, you could ask The Student Room forums – many scams are specifically targeted at students, and there’s a good chance someone has seen a similar advert before.

Ask us

We’ll be happy to give you a second opinion.

Companies on Campus

At this time of year there are lots of companies wishing to come on campus to present to and recruit our students. Regrettably there are a few who seek commercial gain from students, which may involve requesting students to pay money up front.

The University Careers Service issues advice to students on this  http://www.gla.ac.uk/services/careers/work/rights/  and we would welcome your support in helping us safeguard students from questionable recruitment practices. Staff are requested to check with the Careers Service if a company or their student representative approaches them directly to book rooms to make presentations to students. We can be contacted on

Tel: + 44 (0) 141 330 5647 Email: careers@glasgow.ac.uk


UK visa regulations

International students can work in the UK during and after their studies - but there are some restrictions you need to think about in advance.

During your studies

The wording in your passport or ID card will confirm whether you are allowed to work in the UK while studying. In general terms however, students from outside the European Economic Area (EEA) can work up to a maximum number of hours a week during term-time and full time during vacations.

Get in touch with International Student Support for more details

After graduation

On completion of your studies you may work full time for up to 4 months, but you cannot take a permanent job.

If you are considering applying to stay in the UK for employment after your studies have ended, you may be interested in the different immigration categories.

See the International Student Support site for further information on working during your time in Glasgow.