Opening a Bank account
When coming to work in the UK you will probably need to open a bank account. The rules and regulations for opening a bank account in the UK are very strict, therefore, please do take as much documentation with you as you can.
Before you come to the UK
When coming to work at the Trust from overseas you may wish to
consider carrying out the following steps before you actually come
to the UK:
- The bank in your home country may have a special relationship
with a bank in the UK. Speak to your bank before you leave for the
- Ask your bank if you can use your cash card in UK bank machines
and if there is any charge.
- Find out how you can transfer money to and from the UK and how
much this costs.
Types of UK bank accounts
There are two main types of bank
account for managing everyday money, a basic account and a
current account. Banks in the UK do not charge a fee for basic and
current accounts. A third type of account is a packaged account,
customers pay a monthly fee for these accounts in exchange for
benefits such as travel, home and mobile phone insurance.
In order to open one of these accounts you will need to complete
an application form and provide certain personal information and
Should you require further information on UK banking,
Bankers Association has a downloadable leaflet (PDF document)
with information on how to open a bank account if you are new or
are returning to the UK, along with information on all aspects of
including bank cards, switching accounts and joint accounts.