Getting a National Insurance number

It is a good idea for you to be aware of how the UK job market works so that you are well prepared to take up any opportunities that come your way.

What is a National Insurance number?

As a start, employers will expect you to have a National Insurance (NI) number when you apply for work. This ID is a series of numbers and letters. NI numbers are issued free to UK citizens at the age of 16. As soon as you start to work in the UK, National Insurance contributions build up entitlement to certain state benefits.  All workers, including students, are required to have an NI number. How much you pay is calculated on your weekly earnings and is deducted automatically by your employer as a form of tax.

Getting a National Insurance number for non-UK students

To find out how to get a National Insurance Number, visit our International Student Support webpages.

IMPORTANT: You will not be charged for an NI number. Please do not use a website that charges for this service.