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A part-time job alongside your studies: what should you pay attention to?

A part-time job alongside your studies: what should you pay attention to?

Many students work alongside their studies. That way you not only earn your salary, but you also invest in your own future. After all, by working alongside your studies, you are building a CV. The fact that you are introduced to the professional field and gain practical experience are valuable things for future employers. Such a part-time job next to your studies is possible in many branches: catering, logistics, sales, healthcare or something completely different. Wherever your side job is, you have to deal with rights and obligations. We will explain more about this in this blog.

Clear agreements are essential

It is important that you make clear agreements with your employer in advance. About your availability and the hours you will be working, for example. Especially because students have to deal with deadlines, class days and exams. It's a shame to miss an exam because you have to work. In this way you can ensure a good balance between the time you need for your studies and the time you can work at your employer. If your employer offers you an on-call contract or a zero-hour contract, check carefully whether you are obliged to start working if you are called up by your employer. Also make agreements about the position and the work you will be performing.

Who do you conclude an employment contract with?

You record the agreements in writing in an employment contract - better known as a contract. Also discuss whether a collective labor agreement applies to you, in which you can also find employment conditions.

You can also choose to work directly with a company or you can work through an employment agency. An employment agency mediates between people who are looking for work and companies that (temporarily) need people. If you do this, you will conclude an agreement with the temporary employment contract. The employment agency will then pay you the wages for your hours worked


The salary you earn must be at least the minimum wage - the name already gives it away. The minimum youth wage applies to young people up to the age of 21. If a collective labor agreement applies to you, your employer may have to give you more salary. If you are ill and therefore cannot work, you are sometimes still entitled to wages. Whether you receive wages during illness depends on your type of contract. Please read this carefully before you draw anything, so that you do not get unpleasant surprises.

Student finance or another allowance?

Do you receive student finance or, for example, healthcare or rent allowance? Then it is wise to first check with the DUO (Education Executive Agency) and with the Tax Authorities how much you can earn extra. You may have to repay amounts otherwise. From your 16e receiving a salary may also have consequences for the child benefit that your parents receive for you.


With these tips we want to give you a good start to your side job. Good luck! Do you have any questions? Then contact us. We can help you further. We can be reached by telephone on 0345 - 851 963. You can also email us via

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