How to get a job in Birmingham? A short guide for everyone, foreigner or British

Everyone who wants to get a job in Birmingham needs first to find a job in Birmingham. A good start can be job websites like Indeed UK in BirminghamTotaljobs in Birmingham, or Gumtree in Birmingham.

You can look for recruitment agencies or employment agencies in Birmingham. And you can look for jobs also on Facebook groups in Birmingham. Once you find a job, you may need a work permit. You can do this from abroad or in Birmingham. British citizens don’t need a work permit to get a job. In most cases, every other nationality needs to apply for a work permit. You can do this together with your new employer, or employment agency. Read more below on how to find a job in Birmingham and on how to get a work permit for the United Kingdom.

Birmingham is a major city in England’s West Midlands region. The city was an 18th-century manufacturing powerhouse. Many landmarks come from the Industrial Revolution. It is a fantastic place to work. The average salary in Birmingham is over 36,000 GBP.

If you need a visa to visit Birmingham, look at this article on how to get a visa for the UK

How to get a job in Birmingham?

The first step in getting a job in Birmingham is to find a job in Birmingham. Find out where to look for work in Birmingham in the sections below.

Once you have a job offer, you may need to apply for a work permit, or a work visa, together with your employer or on your own. You will not likely need any permit if you are a resident of Birmingham.

In most cases, you apply for a work permit with your new employer, a company, or an employment agency. They will get you a visa to enter the country if you are not in Birmingham already.

Once you have an employer who can sponsor you. You will need to handle together all the paperwork to get you a work permit or a work visa.

First, find a job, and after you’ll worry about documentation if you need it.

How to find a job in Birmingham?

You can find a job in Birmingham by searching online for job opportunities in Birmingham. You can find a job either with a company, or with a recruitment agency, or through an employment agency.

Job websites in Birmingham

A good start is to search for a job on these popular job websites.

BaiduGoogleNaverSogouYandex, or any other search engine, can be a good start for a job search. You can search for a job that you want. That can be for example, “Construction worker in Birmingham” or “Babysitter in Birmingham”. Use the language that you feel most comfortable speaking. Don’t stop at the first pages and go deep with your search. You’ll get an immediate feeling of what’s around and of which job websites are best suited for your needs.

Google MapsBaidu MapsNaver Maps2GIS, or any other map app, can help you find employers near you or abroad. Look for the kind of organization that might have job opportunities for you. You can look for “Retail in Birmingham” or “Mall in Birmingham” for example.

Facebook Jobs can be also an option to start to see what’s around you. You can search for Facebook groups that talk about Birmingham or about jobs.

Indeed UK in Birmingham is the UK version of the big US job search site Indeed, it has many job listings also in Birmingham.

Totaljobs in Birmingham is a popular job website in the UK. It has many job listings also in Birmingham.

CV Library in Birmingham is another popular job website in the UK. It has many job listings also in Birmingham.

Reed.co.uk in Birmingham is another popular job website in the UK. It has many job listings also in Birmingham. It has a large number of openings for various types of jobs.

Glassdoor UK in Birmingham is a popular job website, it also has profiles of companies and career advice.

Jobsite in Birmingham is used by many people for finding a job in the UK.

Jobs.ac.uk is a job website about jobs in university and higher education.

Adzuna is another useful job website. It lists salaries for different jobs in the UK.

The Guardian Jobs has some job postings. The Guardian is one of the main British news and media websites.

The Independent Jobs has jobs mainly in the areas of accounting, technology, and education. The Independent is one of the main British news and media websites.

Websites to get a job in Birmingham

These are more websites that can be useful when you are looking for a job.

Gumtree in Birmingham is a popular website of classifieds. It has listings about jobs as well.

VIVAstreet is a popular website of classifieds. It has listings about jobs as well.

UK government working, jobs, and pensions is a UK government website dealing with work and jobs.

Facebook groups and other social media to get a job in Birmingham

Facebook groups help you to connect with people about jobs in Birmingham.

You can use your favorite social media to look for groups that talk about jobs or about Birmingham.

LinkedIn United Kingdom is also a popular choice when networking for jobs.

Any social media or communication platform can help you to find a job in Birmingham. It can be for example Instagram or any WhatsApp group of people in Birmingham.

Recruitment agencies in Birmingham

A recruitment agency receives a description for a job from an employer who needs someone. Then the recruitment agency looks for a person to do that job.

Recruitment agencies look for skilled workers to suit the job role available. A skilled worker has some experience, and certifications, to work in a particular role. Examples can be a nurse, an accountant, a chef, a construction worker, or a truck driver.

Recruitment agencies specialize in particular sectors. Those can be care, computing, engineering, nursing, accounting, catering, construction, or other sectors. Sometimes an agency can contact you first if they struggle to find people.

You can look up a recruitment agency that can help you to find a job that matches your skills. You can type ‘recruitment agency near Birmingham’ on Google Maps or any other map website. There you can find a list of good agencies that you can contact. If you are not in Birmingham or in the United Kingdom, you can search your area for local recruitment agencies. They can help you find a job in Birmingham.

Manpower is a recruitment agency in the UK.

Employment agencies, temp agencies, temporary job agencies, staffing agencies in Birmingham

Employment agencies hire people to do jobs. The agency employs you to work for another company. Employment agencies can be temp agencies (temporary job agencies), or staffing agencies. An employment agency registers someone who’s looking for work, a job seeker. The agency then contacts employers who have positions available for the new person.
These agencies can hire new workers for new jobs. Agencies contract those new jobs from other companies. An employment agency will assist any job seeker. Unskilled workers are more likely to find a job with an employment agency. An unskilled worker has no qualifications, or experience, in the job that they want. They have finished school recently, or they are changing industries or they are new to the region.
These agencies specialize in particular sectors. Those can be care, computing, engineering, nursing, accounting, catering, construction, or other sectors. Agencies offer full-time jobs, part-time jobs, temporary jobs, seasonal jobs, or freelance jobs.
If you, for example, type ‘employment agency near Birmingham’ on Google Maps, Baidu Maps, or any other map website. You can find a list of good agencies that you can contact. If you are not in the United Kingdom, you can search your area for local employment agencies. They can help you find a job in Birmingham.

Be aware that you should not pay an agency when they find a job for you. So be careful when an agency asks you for money.

Ask around you for jobs in Birmingham

Form connections, ask around, and find opportunities among your contacts. Speak with friends of friends of people who may have traveled or worked in Birmingham or in the United Kingdom. You will see that some of your friends or family know someone who knows someone.

You can email local businesses and companies for jobs in Birmingham

You can search for companies and local businesses in the Birmingham area. An easy tool for doing that can be any map app or map website. Below is, for example, a Google Maps search for “farm near Birmingham”.

Walk around Birmingham for possible jobs

If you are in Birmingham, you can explore the area and see what job opportunities are around you. You can look for organizations and businesses around you and visit them. For example, below is a search on Google Maps for “market near Birmingham”. You can visit these places asking for job opportunities.

Search for employment schemes

You can apply for an employment scheme or an employment support program that can help you to find a job. Those programs can be local or national. They can be open only to British residents but they can be open to foreigners as well. You need to look for a program that fits your profile. You can search for employment schemes at your local government or embassy. You can search for “Birmingham employment scheme” or “United Kingdom employment program”.


Highest paying jobs in Birmingham

These are a few examples of high paying jobs in Birmingham


The above cover image shows somewhere in Birmingham, UK. Photo by John Mark Arnold on Unsplash