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Working in Wales

nurse working and enjoying leisure time (split photo)









Wales is a great place to work, with a variety of career options and a good work-life balance.

The type of jobs  in Wales include:

  • Medical professionals 
  • Advanced Materials & Manufacturing
  • Construction 
  • Creative Industries
  • Energy & Environment
  • Financial & Professional Services 
  • Food & Drink
  • Information and Communications Technology (ICT)
  • Life Sciences
  • Tourism

Some of the giants of the industrial and technology world, including Sony, Airbus, GE and Sony, have enjoyed long and fruitful relationships with Wales.

People in Wales have a strong work ethic and enjoy good protection by law and working conditions. Many employees belong to trade unions, which negotiate with the employers.

Wales has good transport links, especially in cities and large towns, so getting to work is easy.

You will find we have a good work-life balance and there is a great variety of things to do in your leisure time.

There are a number of job search websites and employment agencies you can register with. 

Applying for a job is mostly done online these days, with either a curriculum vitae (CV) or application form as the first stage of the process, so you can easily apply while you are living overseas.

Do you need a Visa (work permit)?

If you want to work in Wales you may need a visa.

The UK Government is responsible for managing border control for the whole of the UK. This includes considering applications for permission to enter or stay in the UK and for citizenship.  You can check what type of Visa you may need by visiting the UK Visas and Immigration website.

The UK Visas and Immigration Division has a number of overseas centres that can give you information and advice about the application process for UK visas in different countries around the world.

Work-life balance

In Wales, you’ll find a good work/life balance. We’re a small country and this means we often have short commuting times compared to other parts of the UK, giving you more time with family, friends or partaking in leisure activities.

There is a maximum working week of 48* hours, with many people working around 37 hours a week. (* there is an opt-out clause).

Your working hours will vary depending on what profession you work in but for many office workers it is a 37 hour week over five days, typically  9 am to 5 pm or flexible hours and with weekends off.

Most workers get at least 5.6 weeks of leave a year.

“See you on the beach with your board at 5:31pm.” In Wales the work/life balance isn’t a precarious tightrope act or a well-intended but impractical ambition. It’s a daily reality.