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Getting a National Insurance


Work in the UK with a
National Insurance (NI) number

A National Insurance (NI) number is a unique number assigned to individuals who work in the UK. It is used to ensure that you pay the correct amount of tax and benefit from the UK health system.

An NI number is made up of two letters, followed by six numbers and another letter. It is similar to a Tax File Number in Australia.


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Myths about NI numbers

One of the greatest myths is the belief that you can't work without a NI number.

You are allowed to work with a temporary NI number. During this time, some employers will deduct emergency tax from your salary, usually at a flat rate of 22%. To claim this and any other tax back at the end of the year, you will need a permanent NI number.

Another great myth is that your NI appointment needs to be organised before you leave your home country.

The Department of Work and Pensions (DWP), issues NI numbers. They have advised us that you need to be in the UK with a stamped passport before they can send out forms or confirm bookings for NI appointments. Once you arrive in the UK, you can phone Job Centre Plus immediately to get this organised.


We offer an Easy NINO service as either a stand-alone service or an add-on to your Kickstart Package.

With this service, we assist you through the application process, including making phone calls and assisting you with paperwork.

Clients who have already signed up for the Kickstart Package receive this service at a discounted fee.


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