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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 UK.
  • 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 documentation.

Further Information

Should you require further information on UK banking, the British 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 Current Accounts including bank cards, switching accounts and joint accounts.